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The “Best” Piano Music of All Time?

Just for fun, artistic director, Jennifer West, and pianist, Michael Noble, decided to recommend to everyone a top piano hits playlist!

Here is a fairly good list to get you started in each musical period.  Some recommended recordings can be found in brackets.

What are your favourites?  Anything we should add to get people started on the ultimate piano playlist?

Happy listening!


J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould – 1955, Jeremy Denk)

J.S. Bach – Partita no. 1 in B-flat Major (Igor Levit)

J.S. Bach – Partita 6 for keyboard (Perahia)

Handel – Keyboard Suites

Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K. 380

Scarlatti – Sonata in d minor, K. 141


Haydn – C Major, Hob XVI:50 (Gilbert Kalish)

Haydn – E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52 (András Schiff)

Mozart – Sonata in F Major, K. 332 (Mitsuko Uchida)

Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333 (Ingrid Haebler)

Mozart – Concerto no. 20 in d minor (Clara Haskil)

Mozart – Concerto no. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (Clifford Curzon)

Beethoven – Concerto no. 4, op. 58 in G Major – (R. Serkin)

Beethoven – Concert no. 5, op. 73 in E-Flat Major (Emperor) – (R. Serkin)

Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, op. 2, no. 3 (Paul Lewis)

Beethoven – Sonata in F-sharp Major, op. 78 (W. Backhaus)

Beethoven – Sonata in E Major, op. 109 (Maurizio Pollini)

Schubert – Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 (Daniel Shapiro)

Schubert – Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 (Imogen Cooper)

Schubert – Drei Klavierstucke, D. 946 (Grigory Sokolov)


Chopin – Ballade no. 4, f minor

Chopin – Preludes, op. 28 (Sokolov)

Chopin – Barcarolle, Op. 68

Schumann – Fantasy in C Major (M. Argerich)

Schumann – Carnaval (Youri Egorov)

Schumann – Humoreske, op. 20

Schumann – Concerto in a minor, op. 54

Liszt – Sonata in b minor (Yundi Li)

Liszt – Ballade no. 2

Brahms – op. 118 (Julius Katchen)

Brahms – Variations on a theme by Handel, op. 24 (Stephen Kovacevich)

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, op. 37 (Nikolai Lugansky)

Twentieth Century

Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin (Louis Lortie)

Ravel – Miroirs

Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit (Benjamin Grosvenor)

Debussy – Images oublies

Debussy – Cathédrale engloutie (from the Preludes)

Debussy – Sarabande from Pour le piano

Poulenc – Two piano concerto

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto no. 1 (underplayed gem!)

Prokofiev – Sonata no. 7

Prokofiev – Concerto no. 2 in g minor

Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (arr. Agosti)

Stravinsky – Serenade in A Major

Ligeti – Etudes

Ligeti – Musica Ricercata

John Cage – Dream

John Cage – In a Landscape

Frederick Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Béla Bartók – Piano Sonata

Béla Bartók – Out of Doors Suite

George Crumb – Macrocosmos

George Gershwin – Three Preludes

Tan Dun – Eight Studies in Watercolour

Anton Webern – Piano Variations, Op. 27

Alban Berg – Piano Sonata

Arnold Schoenberg – Drei Klavierstucke, Op. 11

Aaron Jay Kernis – Superstar Etude No. 1

Charles Ives – Concord Sonata

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