Recommended Recordings

Last Updated on 2023-06-17 | Originally Posted on 2022-03-22

I created this page primarily so that my piano students can easily find recordings I reference in my lesson notes. It’s purposely a small list since I only add pieces that I think I’ll reference multiple times. If you need to find a particular pianist playing a particular piece, just search it in YouTube!

Many of the repertoire books I recommend, like the Alfred Masterworks and FJH Festival, have recordings available on the included CD or via a download code. Please check those resources first.

One general caveat is that the tempos might be a lot faster than you can play now, or might even eventually play them when well-learned. Don’t be discouraged! Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the YouTube window to adjust the playback speed.

Piano Safari Students: Please check out the Piano Safari YouTube Channel. Choose a Piano Safari book from the list, and then you’ll see an entire list of pieces from that book on the right side of the window.

IDComposerTitleCommentsArtistURL
20Adams, John C.Nixon in China: Excerpts from Act 1Great example of contemporary compositional style called minimalismMetropolitan Operahttps://youtu.be/rFnQrbVV3_U
28Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/iibhBsU5Hf8
29Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/r9m91ynRuTo
17Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/DLYMKBR0Adw
18Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/KEBFU_Ja2S0
19Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/RFMTNiaEF54
4Bach, CPESolfeggiettoRIAM Exams (Royal Irish)Réamonn Kearyhttps://youtu.be/QbsRmGBTBc8
30Bastien, JaneMini Sonatina in C MajorVery few choices, but this one on a Yamaha Clavinova will do just fine.Stephanie's Studiohttps://youtu.be/KZVxXJCrkiM
59Bastien, JaneSonatina in G Major (Complete)Really silly cover, but serious recordingMirei Piano Studiohttps://youtu.be/MugbU2IbHqU
21Beethoven, Ludwig vonSonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2Very few adult choices; this one is good!Clark Bryanhttps://youtu.be/SbbXLi5dQ4U
12Beethoven, Ludwig vonTurkish March from The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113An arrangement of this is found at the end of the Faber 2B Lesson Book.Berlin Philharmonic / Claudio Abbadohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j61TVbCj_w&t=1038s
8Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheIt's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.Alan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/ZItt6kSqTJw
22Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/plmFNfwbhoU
23Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/zczA3pRvk90
47Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 1 (Beach Fun)Nice snappy teacher recordingCindy Dittrichhttps://youtu.be/5d-HXBkdDqo
48Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 1 (Irish Fiddlin')Coming SoonBroc HiteComing Soon
46Bober, MelodySolo Xtreme, Book 2 (Complete)Song links are in the caption.Ally Santoshttps://youtu.be/ZwmnVX6UxVQ
33Burgmuller (Burgmüller), Friederich25 Progressive Etudes, Op. 100UI Piano Ped Project - Links are available on this page for each of the 25 études.Alan Huckleberryhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1EF6ADC4BB93D8E4
15Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Nice informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.Side Tracked Musicianshttps://youtu.be/vPdVgxfNr3Q
1Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorThis is a solid recording on a Steinway Model L.Cory Hallhttps://youtu.be/0_Ksi2qmW0A
54Diabelli, ASonatina in F Major, Op. 168, No. 1 (Complete)Worth hearing despite having mediocre sound quality. Many recordings are just the first movement; it's nice to hear the rest!Cory Hallhttps://youtu.be/_sLbHit2ows
53Diabelli, ASonatina in F Major, Op. 168, No. 1, Mvt. 1Decent straightforward performance.Lisa Taharahttps://youtu.be/d5zij2hmqS8
2Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorIt's rare to find a celebrated concert pianist recording a piece that's mostly played by piano students. Enjoy!Cyprien Katsarishttps://youtu.be/9N324zJWwXg
3Diabelli, AntonSonatina Op. 151, No. 1 in G MajorThis recording is processed with MIDI to sound like it's played on a fortepiano, even though it was recorded on a modern piano.Salvatore Nicolosihttps://youtu.be/jrNTAcY8BfU
6Dvorak (Dvořák), AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2The first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidachehttps://youtu.be/pHyN3izk38c
10English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepFun video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.Cocomelonhttps://youtu.be/MR5XSOdjKMA
34Fuchs, RobertTimid Little Heart, Op. 47, No. 5UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/_keCLQf9hA8
11Garner, ErrollMistyIt's hard to pick just one, so I picked the version that sounded most like the one I could hope to achieve. It's simple with lots of technical licks that are properly stylized.Jeff Williamshttps://youtu.be/s-UjwvJ0eeA
13Granados, EnriqueCuentos de la Juventud (Stories from Childhood), Op. 1Decent recording, albeit with that squeaky bench. Larrocha's recordings are split into 10 separate files, so I posted this instead.Jeremy Weissmannhttps://youtu.be/gmJDz_nPa8k
42Gurlitt, CorneliusAllegretto in C Major, Op. 117, No. 9 aka Kitten PlayUI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/ETD4DC40tcU
14Gurlitt, CorneliusMurmuring Brook, Op. 140, No. 5Love the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.Norma Meishttps://youtu.be/mZ15fhF46Xc
43Gurlitt, CorneliusNight Journey, Op. 82, No. 65Decent recording a young piano studentAnonymoushttps://youtu.be/X-SU8l6LmqE
7Hague, JulieFred the FishGreat recording with very creative improvisation.Lukehttps://vimeo.com/manage/videos/644949249
52Handel, G.F.Air in B flat Major, HWV 471Nice performance featuring authentic Baroque articulation.Lisa Taharahttps://youtu.be/NWZ5v3_h5ZA
50Handel, G.F.PassepiedUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/tkCGPcaMZ5c
35Hummel, Johann N.Allegro, Op. 52, No. 2House pianist for PianistMagazine.comChenyin Lihttps://youtu.be/QxMHdzE-tEM
44Kabalevsky, D.Clowns, Op. 39, No. 20UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/2XrYlCWpRuo
49Kabalevsky, D.Fable, Op. 39, No. 14UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/Q6F0t_jnkEg
45Kabalevsky, D.Galop, Op. 39, No. 18UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/TkiGTCSCDBA
36Kabalevsky, D.Scherzo, Op. 27, No. 14I enjoyed this energetic performance.Stephen Funghttps://youtu.be/7bdJi5p9iFE
51Kabalevsky, D.Sonatina in A minor, Op. 27, No. 18Crisp, enjoyable performanceHung Dohttps://youtu.be/HKhbzIA_TMM
40Mozart, LeopoldBourlesqUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/5ny3Tt4p_Sc
31Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Historic 1964 recording at Radio Canada in TorontoClaudio Arrauhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaVQ3wZK3cE&t=112s
32Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Young American pianist; 3rd place in Chopin International Competition 2016Kate Liuhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNPpmyCDOVE&t=467s
16Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Late career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!Sviatoslav Richterhttps://youtu.be/qknbWY_i_1A?t=952
27Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 2 in F Major, CompleteDecent child recording. Listen to the UI Piano Ped Project for comparison.Noah Yinghttps://youtu.be/bATud9-CHco
37Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/z47_shRcqeo
38Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/DZHKqAxZUws
39Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 3 in A minor, Mvt. 3UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/VPZ8OrENlzY
24Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/X4XspYXgUIw
25Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/AKPyFErJJTw
26Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 3UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/OXNVBXOfUCQ
57Poe, John RobertSonatina for a Apple TreeCouldn't find one; made my own.Broc Hitehttps://vimeo.com/870120583
56Poe, John RobertSonatina for a DinosaurCouldn't find one; made my own.Broc Hitehttps://vimeo.com/870120778
58Poe, John RobertSonatina for a LeprechaunComing Soon
Broc HiteComing Soon
55Poe, John RobertSonatina for a Wooly WormComing Soon
Broc HiteComing Soon
41Reinagle, AlexanderAllegretto, Op. 1, No. 5 aka Scherzino or DanceUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/MeAjvh_YFx8
5Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D Major, Op. 1, No. 18Good student performanceCaroline Wanghttps://youtu.be/_gwX-HU4Zgc
9Stegman, JohnGreg and Alice and Their DogHighly repetitive, but it's cute an memorable to learn three of the white notes instantly.Juliet Lyons and Friendshttps://youtu.be/N46FFgxE6ns
60Petzold, C (AMB Notebook)Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/BWPoH5fSEAQ
61Duncombe, WTrumpet Tune (Fanfare Minuet)UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/uzCyVK7uaCY
62Schytte, LDance, Op. 108, No. 1Good teacher performanceSusan Chouhttps://youtu.be/egRws-u0Iu0
63Gurlitt, CorneliusTold You So, Op. 117, No. 7 aka The Young DanceUI Piano Ped ProjectJason Siffordhttps://youtu.be/snxWdiXQW7M?si=7sOMAlB3k5SkBsEr
64Goedicke, ARussian DanceGood teacher performanceSusan Chouhttps://youtu.be/3aeHy3sitx8
65Bach, J.S. (AMB Notebook)Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberryhttps://youtu.be/01gChqmcbaM
66Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Two Minuets in G Major/G Minor, BWV Anh. 114/115These two minuets were composed to be played A-B-A, like the minuet and trio that became popular in the classical period.Broc Hitehttps://vimeo.com/839338861#t=4m16s
67Bach, W.F. (AMB Notebook 1722)Minuet in G Major, Sometimes attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 841This is a delightful minuet that is believed to be the product of a composition lesson between father and son!Giovanni Mazzocchinhttps://youtu.be/U3y73PgDAVs
68Burgmuller (Burgmüller), FriederichL'Adieu (Farewell), Op. 100, No. 12 from 25 Progressive EtudesNice recording of this brilliant etudeCory Hallhttps://youtu.be/B1QnC7RVJyw
69Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114Highly-ornamented and exciting interpretation on harpischord. Listen for ideas and inspiration to make your own performance come alive.Tom Koopmanhttps://youtu.be/KqSAGwa49MM
70Petzold, Christian (AMB Notebook)Two Minuets in G Major/G Minor, BWV Anh. 114/115Randall and his wife Nancy authored over 300 publications. He also plays pretty well!Randall Faberhttps://youtu.be/CbN7KezIuWo
71Eklund, JenniferSpotlight Solos, Book 1 (Complete)This set of pieces is great for late beginners looking for quality repertoire that's rhythmic, challenging with a pop feel.Jennifer Eklundhttps://youtu.be/2zIfB29Osc8