Pianists of the Past

The Stanford University Piano Roll Archive is a treasure trove of recordings of classical piano music from the early 20th century. The Archive scans the piano rolls and converts them to MIDI format for playback through computer software. The MIDI files are free to download and use for personal, non-commercial use only.

All the recordings posted here and additional recordings posted at my Hear This channel https://hearthis.at/robertrivard/ have been rendered to mp3 by me on a 1922 virtual Erard grand piano. More recordings will be added from time to time. So, please return often to see what is new.

“Mozart Turkish March played by Carl Reinecke 1905”
“Liszt Harmonie du soir played by Max von Pauer 1905”
“Beethoven Sonata Op 57 First Movement played by Xaver Scharwenka 1907”.
“Grieg Butterfly Op 41 No 1 played by Edvard Grieg 1907”.
“Brahms Cappriccio Op 76 No 2 played by Ernst von Dohnányi 1905”
“Sinding Rustle of Spring played by Carl Wendling 1905”
“Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 played by Arthur Friedheim 1919”
“Berthe Marx-Goldschmidt Sarasate Zigeunerweisen played by Berthe Marx-
Goldschmidt 1905″
“Chopin Concerto No 1 extracts of First Movement played by Francis Planté 1908”
“Chopin Polonaise Op 22 played by Raoul Pugno 1907”
“Chopin Polonaise Op 53 played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1906”
“Liszt Concert Etude No 3 played by Frederic Lamond 1909”
“Chopin Concerto No 1 Second Movement played by Wilhelm Backhaus 1920”
“Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 10 played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1906”
“Schubert Liszt Ave Maria played by Richard Burmeister 1913-20”
“Scriabin Poême Op 32 No 1 played by Alexander Scriabin 1911”
“Mahler Ging heute morgen übers Feld played by Gustav Mahler 1907”
“Chopin Ballade No 3 played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1906”
“Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2 played by Emil von Sauer 1907”