CDs – Composers

Recommended Recordings
Solo Piano – Composer

The list below is the result of decades of listening experience coupled with many hours of researching recordings. Please do not distribute this list in any way other than providing others with a link to this website.

Unfortunately, iTunes doesn’t have as large a selection of music available as Amazon.com has, so for those albums that are not available on iTunes, I tried to find the next best alternative.

Albeniz: Iberia/Granados: Goyescas (de Larrocha) · iTunes

Alkan: Concerto for solo piano; Troisième recueil de chants (Hamelin) · iTunes
Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano (Hamelin) · iTunes
Alkan: Grande sonate, ‘Les quatre âges’, Sonatine, Le festin d’Esope (Hamelin)

· iTunes
Alkan: Marc-André Hamelin Live at Wigmore Hall · iTunes

Bach: English Suites (Complete) (Hewitt) · iTunes
Bach: Fantasia in C minor; 2- and 3-Part Inventions; Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue (Hewitt) · iTunes
Bach: French Overture, Italian Concerto, etc (Hewitt) · iTunes
Bach: French Suites (Hewitt) · iTunes
Bach: Goldberg Variations (Hewitt) · iTunes

Bach: Partitas No. 1, 5 & 6 (Perahia) · iTunes
Bach: Partitas Nos. 2-4 (Perahia) · iTunes
Bach: Toccatas (Hewitt) · iTunes
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (Hewitt) · iTunes

Barber: Sonata No. 1 / Excursions (Beus) · iTunes

Bartók: Zoltán Kocsis plays Bartók [Box Set] · iTunes

Beethoven: Piano Variations; Bagatelles [Box Set] (Brendel) · iTunes (different album)
Beethoven-Liszt: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Katsaris) · not available on iTunes

Brahms: Works for Solo Piano (Katchen) · iTunes

Chopin: Complete Works for Piano (various artists) · iTunes (different album)
Chopin: Ballades; Third Sonata (Demidenko) · iTunes
Chopin: Études, Op. 10/Rondos, Opp. 1, 5, 16, 73 (Chiu) · iTunes
Chopin: Études, Op. 25 (Chiu) · iTunes
Chopin: Impromptus/Fantaisie Impromptu/Barcarolle/Berceuse (Perahia) · iTunes
Chopin: Mazurkas; Impromptus; Berceuse (Uninsky) · iTunes
Chopin: Nocturnes (Barenboim) · iTunes
Chopin: Polonaises (Ohlsson, Smith) · iTunes
Chopin: Preludes (Sokolov) · iTunes
Chopin: Scherzi; Variations (Demidenko) · iTunes
Chopin: Sonatas; Etudes (Ashkenazy) · iTunes
Chopin: Waltzes (Tharaud) · iTunes (different album)

Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 1 (Bavouzet) · iTunes
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 2 (Bavouzet) · iTunes
Debussy: Complete Works For Piano, Vol. 3 (Bavouzet) · iTunes
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4 (Bavouzet) · iTunes
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano Vol. 5 (Bavouzet) · iTunes

Fauré: The Complete Music for Piano (Stott, Roscoe) · iTunes

Ginastera: Music for Piano (Rodriguez) · not available on iTunes

Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin’s Etudes (Hamelin) · iTunes

Grainger: Piano Music (Hamelin) · iTunes

Granados (de Larrocha) · iTunes
Granados: Spanish Dances (de Larrocha) · iTunes

Grieg: The Complete Piano Music (Knardahl) · iTunes Vol. 1 · iTunes Vol. 2 · iTunes Vol. 3 · iTunes Vol. 4 · iTunes Vol. 5 · iTunes Vol. 6 · iTunes Vol. 7 · iTunes Vol. 8 · iTunes Vol. 9 · iTunes Vol. 10

Handel: Suites for Keyboard (Jarrett) · iTunes

Haydn: The Complete Piano Sonatas (Box Set) (Jando) · iTunes
Haydn: Complete Piano Concertos (Box Set) (Palumbo) · iTunes Vol. 1 · iTunes Vol. 2 · iTunes Vol. 3 · iTunes Vol. 4

Kabalevsky: Preludes (Complete); Preludes and Fugues (Dossin) · iTunes
Kabalevsky: Sonatas (Complete) (Dossin) · iTunes

Kapustin: Piano Music (Hamelin) · iTunes
Kapustin: Piano Music (Osborne) · iTunes

Ligeti Edition Vol. 3: Works for Piano (Etudes, Musica Ricercata) (Aimard) · iTunes
Ligeti Edition Vol. 6: Keyboard Works (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ) (Kataeva / Aimard) · iTunes (different album)

Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Paganini Études; Mephisto Waltz (Kuleshov) · iTunes
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Vol. 1 (Jando) · iTunes
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Vol.2 (Jando) · iTunes
Liszt: Demidenko Plays Liszt (Sonata, Legendes, Scherzo and March) · iTunes
Liszt: Hexaméron; Symphonie Fantastique (Howard) · iTunes

Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (Frith) · iTunes
Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Frith) · iTunes
Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Frith) · not available on iTunes
Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 4 (Frith) · not available on iTunes
Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 5 (Frith) · not available on iTunes

Mompou: Piano Music: (Hough) · iTunes

Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas and Variations (Barenboim) · iTunes (no variations)

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kissin) · not available on iTunes

P.D.Q. Bach: The Short-Tempered Clavier (O’Riley) · not available on iTunes

Poulenc: Complete Works for Piano (Parkin) · iTunes

Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 6 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 7 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Berman) · iTunes
Prokofiev: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 9 (Berman) · iTunes

Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Music [Box Set] (Shelley) · iTunes (Moments Musicaux) · iTunes (Etudes-Tableaux) · iTunes (Preludes Op. 23) · iTunes (Preludes Op. 32) · iTunes (Transcriptions) · iTunes (Sonatas) · iTunes (Variations)

Ravel: Complete Solo Piano Music (Hewitt) · iTunes

Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Hamelin) · iTunes

Saint-Saëns: Complete Works for Piano (Dosse) · iTunes

Satie: Complete Solo Piano Music (Thibaudet) · iTunes

Scarlatti: Complete Sonatas [Box Set] (Belder on piano) · not available on iTunes

Schubert: Impromptus, Moments Musicaux, Klavierstuke, German Dances (Brendel) · iTunes
Schubert: Sonatas [Box Set] (Kempff) · iTunes
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy (Pollini) · iTunes

Schumann: Complete Piano Works (Frankl, Schmitt-Leonardy & Wurtz · iTunes

Schumann, Clara: Complete Piano Works (Beenhouwer) · not available on iTunes

Scriabin: Etudes (Ohlsson) · iTunes
Scriabin: Mazurkas (LeVan) · iTunes
Scriabin: Preludes (Diev) · iTunes (different album)
Scriabin: Poems, Waltzes, Dances (Wang) · iTunes
Scriabin: Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Glemser) · iTunes
Scriabin: Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Glemser) · iTunes

Shostakovich: Piano Music; Chamber Works [Box Set] (Ashkenazy) · iTunes
or, for just Preludes & Fugues: Melnikov’s recording · not available on iTunes

Stravinsky: Three Movements from Pétrouchka etc. (Kissin) · iTunes (different album)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Music Vol. 1 (Ponti) · iTunes
Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonatas (Howard) · not available on iTunes

Twedt: Ostinato · iTunes

Villa-Lobos: Complete Piano Music (Rubinsky) · iTunes Vol. 1 · iTunes Vol. 5a · iTunes Vol. 5b · iTunes Vol. 7 · iTunes Vol. 8

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