Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)

Recordings Posted on Video-Hosting Websites

This page consists of an extensive but not comprehensive or complete list of links to performances of works by Sorabji posted on video-hosting (or video-sharing) websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud. Performances, usually provided as audio files only, are of complete works unless otherwise noted.

  • Title: Given in chronological order of composition.
  • Performer: Name of the performer, in inverted order, unless it is a pseudonym, in which case it is given in quotation marks.
  • Date: The date is that on which the recordings were published on the hosting service. Zeros are used when no publication date is given, but only an indication like “9 months ago”, as on SoundCloud. Links are to YouTube unless otherwise indicated.
  • Type: A stands for Audio only (may feature one or more still images as an accompaniment), N for Animation (piano roll notation, colours, etc.), S for Synchronized score (audio with images from the score following the music), and V for Video.
  • Exc.: A bullet in this column designates a recording of an excerpt from a larger work, with details provided in the next column. A recording of a single etude from the Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) is not considered an excerpt in the present context.
  • Comments: Details about the performance, with recording dates given when known.

The list is limited to original performances and thus does not normally include ripped commercial recordings uploaded for the purpose of sharing, usually without the copyright owners’ permission, by people who are often using a pseudonym, whether or not their uploads add the benefit of following the score. It aims at including performances uploaded by the performers themselves on their channel or by others when there is a reasonable assurance that the postings may be authorized. The inclusion of links does not indicate approval of any aspect of either the performances or the recordings or of the postings’ legal status. Performances by non-professionals and sound files may or may not be listed.

YouTube features several playlists assembled by amateurs of Sorabji’s music and linking to files uploaded by others.

Commercial recordings of music by Sorabji released on the BIS, Centaur, Danacord, Naxos, and Piano Classics labels are available on the Naxos Music Library (subscription required). However, YouTube increasingly features tracks from commercial recordings marked as having been “provided to YouTube”. These recordings can be located with Google using the search string site:youtube.com sorabji "provided to youtube by".

Searches on Sorabji’s name with YouTube’s search engine are not entirely reliable since they return many more links than expected, with several duplicates, and all the more so as one loads successive pages. Extracting the gems is far from easy.

See also the section “Performances” on page Archival Audio and Video Recordings.

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Surround strings with quotation marks for specific searches. Refresh the page to revert to the initial order.

Title Performer Date Type Exc. Comments
Title Performer Date Type Exc. Comments
Sonata no. 0 for Piano (1917; 30 pp.) Nasseri, Soheil 2014-12-05 A   The Sorabji track from the Centaur recording is marked as being “Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America”.
Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) Traxler, Wigbert 2019-09-18 V   Live performance at the Großer Saal der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt an Main, 19 October 2016.
Désir éperdu — Fragment (1917; 1 p.) Delaere, Ivo 2016-02-21 V   Performance recorded on 29 January 2016.
Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) Long, Yan 2013-06-08 V   Recital given in Flensburg (class of Prof. Manfred Fock, International College of Music Hamburg, on whose channel the video was published).
Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) Carey, John 2013-07-04 S   Live recording of a performance given in 2012
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) Carey, John 2010-00-00 S “Toccata” only; live performance in Nashua, NH.
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) Hannenberg, Kyle 2019-06-08 V “In the Hothouse” only; from a live performance at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Hinsdale, Ill. Performed as an encore (between 1:13:35 and 1:20:00).
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) Liang, Eric Xi Xin 2021-01-16 S, V   “In the Hothouse” only. Home recording, marked as “[l]earned and refined in approximately 5 hours”.
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) Max, Steven 2016-04-24 V “In the Hothouse” only
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) Choubine, Nikolai 2009-06-13 V “Carmen” only
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) Traba, Rodrigo Acevedo 2014-06-29 V “Sadko” only; live performance at the Concurso Interno de Piano de la Escuela Nacional de Música (Mexico City), 13 May 2014.
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) Russo, Sandro 2006-01-25 V “Carmen” only
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) Kim, Mi-Jin 2014-12-14 V “Carmen” only. Part of a D.M.A. recital (“Comparative Analysis of the Musical Distortion in Kaikhosru Sorabji[’s] and Vladimir Horowitz’s Piano Paraphrases Based on Bizet’s Opera Carmen”) given in the Recital Hall of the College of Music Building, University of North Texas, 2 October 2014.
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) Crook, Bryan 2019-00-00 A “Sadko” only
Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) Habermann, Michael 2013-07-19 A “Prelude” only; unpublished studio recording (no date given).
Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) Tau Wey 2008-03-22 (Vimeo) V   Recital given in Bach Hall, Taipei, 22 March 2008.
Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) Callaghan, Simon 2020-03-15 A   Live recording at the Raritäten der Klaviermusik im Schloss vor Husum/Nordsee, 24 August 2018.
Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) Liang, Eric Xi Xin 2021-03-13 S, V   Home recording, 12 March 2021. Marked as “[l]earned and refined in approximately 38 hours”.
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2013-11-22 V “Introito” only
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2013-11-22 V “Preludio corale” only
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2013-11-22 V “Adagio” only
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2013-11-22 V “Cadenza I” only
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2013-11-22 V “Coda-Stretta” only
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Habermann, Michael 2013-07-19 A “Introito” and “Preludio corale” only; live recording at the American Liszt Society Festival, Midland, Michigan, 6 October 1978.
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) Ogdon, John 1989-03-19 V Final minutes of the work, performed on the London Weekend Television’s South Bank Show.
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) Miller, Collin 2019-02-22 V “Toccata”; live recording of a performance at Auer Hall, Bloomington, IN.
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) Sánchez-Aguilera, Abel 2019-02-01 V “Preludio-Toccata”; live recording of a performance at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College (Oxford), 27 January 2019.
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) Sánchez-Aguilera, Abel 2019-01-15 V “Notturno”; live recording of a performance at the Sala Eutherpe (León, Spain), 12 January 2019.
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) Sánchez-Aguilera, Abel 2019-02-16 V “Coda-Stretta” (end of final movement); live recording of a performance at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College (Oxford), 27 January 2019.
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) Hannenberg, Kyle 2020-02-01 V “Cadenza” only (private recording; duration: 4:39)
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) “Alexandre Scriabine” (Mexico) 2018-09-15 N   No. 4; sound file.
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Grante, Carlo 2007-04-01 V   No. 16; live in concert at Teatro Ghione (Rome).
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Grante, Carlo 2007-04-23 V   No. 19; live in concert at Teatro Ghione (Rome).
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Grante, Carlo 2007-04-23 V   No. 31; live in concert at Teatro Ghione (Rome).
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Sirodeau, Christophe 2014-07-12 A   Nos. 66, 81.
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) So, Ernest 2020-03-31 V   No. 78; first performance at the Ernest So Piano Library (Hong Kong) on 29 March 2020 (21 March according to the roster of performances on the Sorabji Archive’s website).
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Steininger, Florian 2014-02-01 A   No. 69; live recording of he first performance.
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Sirodeau, Christophe 2014-07-09 A   No. 71
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) Ullén, Fredrik 2014-12-30 S   No. 71; live at Mänttä Music Festival 2014. With synchronized score.
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) “livethisage” 2018-06-00? (SoundCloud) A   No. 96; sound file. The person using this pseudonym hails from the Republic of Korea.
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) “Schrøender” 2020-02-01 V “Fanfare” only (private recording; 1:34)
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) Houdt, Reinier van 2011-07-11 A Unidentified excerpt (3:42); live recording (2003).
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) Houdt, Reinier van 2011-07-12 A Unidentified excerpt from Part II (5:23); live recording (2003).
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) Steininger, Florian 2017-00-00 (at the earliest; SoundCloud) A “Intermezzo secondo”; live performance from the world premiere at the Musentempel (Karlsruhe) on 20 December 2014.
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.) Amato, Donna 2011-05-13 V “Adagio” only
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) Powell, Jonathan 2013-11-18 V “Arabesque-Nocturne” only; live recording at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, 2 November 2013.
Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) Álvares, Paulo 2020-10-08 V   Live performance as part of the Wortklangraum series in the Dialograum Kreuzung an Sankt Helena, Bonn, 7 October 2020. The performance begins at 1:20 and ends at 3:30; the pieces are played in reverse order.
Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.) Huisman, Lukas 2018-04-20 A   Entire recording for Piano Classics posted on the label’s channel.
Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) Frantz, Albert 2016-00-00? (SoundCloud) A   Live performance (no date given, but most probably 31 January 1998, Penn State University)
Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) Theodore, David (oboe), Monica McCarron (flute), Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet) 2020-03-01 V   Recording of a performance given on 9 April 2008 at the Chiesa di Santa Cristina (Bologna); published by Raniero Tazzi. The performance begins at 1:11 and ends at 3:20.
Songs for voice and piano Farnum, Elizabeth 2015-02-06 A   The contents of the entire Centaur recording is marked as being “Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America”.
Last modified: 2021-06-08
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