Recommended Recordings

Last Updated on 2022-11-26 | Originally Posted on 2022-03-22

This page is intended to give my piano students opportunities to listen to others perform their own pieces, as well as do some general listening of other works. It’s in the process of being filled with lots of good stuff!

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, since this list is focused on repertoire where no recordings are included.

In many cases, the tempos might be a lot faster than you will eventually play them. Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the YouTube window to adjust the playback speed.

I have not included a comprehensive listing below of Piano Safari recordings, since that’s available on the dedicated 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.

1Clementi, MuzioSonatina Op. 36, No. 1 in C MajorThis is a solid recording on a Steinway Model L.Cory Hall
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 Katsaris
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 Nicolosi
4Olsen, Lynn FreemanSonatina No. 3 in A minorUI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
5Reinagle, AlexanderAllegro in D MajorGood student performanceCaroline Wang
6Dvorak (Dvořák), AntoninSymphony No. 9, Mvt 2The first theme, with English Horn solo, is often arranged in beginner piano books.Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache
7Hague, JulieFred the FishGreat recording with very creative improvisation.Luke
8Bernstein, SeymourElegant Torreador, TheIt's a bit quick, but as always a solid performance from the UI Pedagory Project.Alan Huckleberry
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 Friends
10English Folk SongBah Bah Black SheepFun video for younger kids playing the piece in Piano Safari Book One.Cocomelon
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 Williams
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 Abbado
13Granados, EnriqueCuentos de la Juventud, Op. 1 (Stories from Childhood)Decent recording, albeit with that squeaky bench. Larrocha's recordings are split into 10 separate files, so I posted this instead.Jeremy Weissmann
14Gurlitt, CorneliusMurmuring Brook, Op. 140, No. 5Love the sound of this recording and simplicity of interpretation.Norma Meis
15Carmichael, HoagyHeart and Soul (4 Hands, 1 Piano)Nice informal performance with some nice planned improvisation.Side Tracked Musicians
16Mozart, W.A.Sonata in C Major, K. 545Late career performance but still amazing control. Notice slow and even pacing of 1st mvt!Sviatoslav Richter
17Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 1UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
18Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 2UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
19Attwood, ThomasSonatina in G Major, Mvt 3UI Piano Ped ProjectJason Sifford
20Adams, John C.Nixon in China: Excerpts from Act 1Great example of contemporary compositional style called minimalismMetropolitan Opera
21Beethoven, L.V.Sonatina in F Major, Anh. 5, No. 2Very few adult choices; this one is good!Clark Bryan
22Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
23Biehl, AlbertSonatina in C Major, Op. 57, No. 1, Mvt 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
24Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
25Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
26Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 5 in D Major, Mvt. 3UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
27Olson, L.F.Sonatina No. 2 in F Major, CompleteDecent child recording. Listen to the UI Piano Ped Project for comparison.Noah Ying
28Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 1UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
29Andre (André), JohannSonatina in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1, Mvt. 2UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry
30Bastien, JaneMini Sonatina in C MajorVery few choices, but this one on a Yamaha Clavinova will do just fine.Stephanie's Studio
31Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Historic 1964 recording at Radio Canada in TorontoClaudio Arrau
32Mozart, W.A.Sonata in A minor, K. 310Young American pianist; 3rd place in Chopin International Competition 2016Kate Liu
33Burgmuller (Burgmüller), Friederich25 Progressive Etudes, Op. 100UI Piano Ped Project - Links are available on this page for each of the 25 études.Alan Huckleberry
34Fuchs, RobertTimid Little Heart, Op. 47, No. 5UI Piano Ped ProjectAlan Huckleberry