“Seldom Heard” Works with Hess Numbers

Hess 5, Twelve German Dances WoO 13 for Piano, appears on Dance Music for Piano, played by Steven Beck, Monument Records 02.03.01, which can be ordered directly from the company. Jeno Jando also plays this set of dances on vol. 2 of his collection of the complete dances for piano. The Jando CD is available here.

Hess 12, Concerto in F for Oboe, completion and orchestration by our own Willem Holsbergen, has been recorded with H. David Meyers as soloist on Beethoven Lost & Rediscovered, which is available here

Hess 12, Concerto in F for Oboe and Orchestra. Orion 82432 (LP). Only a very few fragments of this concerto (reproduced here) are known to exist. This recording features a completion of the second movement (the only one for which substantial sketches exist) by Charles Lehrer, who also plays oboe on the recording. Unfortunately, Lehrer’s recording only features a piano accompaniment, rather than an orchestra.

Hess 15, Piano Concerto #6 in D, as completed by Nicholas Cook (first movement), was recorded by Roberto Diem Tigani and the Sassari Symphony Orchestra, with Maurizio Paciarello on piano, in volume 4 of the series Beethoven Rarities, on the Inedita label from Italy, PI2352. This disc, “Beethoven Rarities vol.4,” is available from Inedita’s website, and also from Presto Classical.

Hess 19, Quintet in E-flat for Oboe, 3 horns and Bassoon (fragmentary). Available on several labels, including Naxos 8.553090, Supraphon 11 1445-2, Ricercar RIC 92078, and Vox Box CD3X 3014. A version on the Naxos CD label is available here. Consortium Classicum performs the quintet on the 4-CD box set of Chamber Music for Winds from CPO.

Hess 28, Second Trio to the Scherzo of String Trio op. 9 Nr. 1. This Trio is performed by the Leopold Trio on a CD issue by Hyperion, CDA67254, as part of their rendition of the op. 9 trios. That set has been reissued by Hyperion and is available here.

Hess 36, Fugue for String Quartet, arranged from Handel’s Solomon Overture, is performed by the Ysaye Quartet on their disc of Beethoven rarities. The Ysaye disc is found here.

Hess 40, Prelude and Fugue for String Quintet (fragment). This rarely-heard fragment has finally surfaced on a proper CD, performed by the Endellion String Quartet plus David Adams on viola. That CD is available here.

Hess 41, Piano version of String Quintet WoO 62. Appears on RCA 74321 61448 2, played by Olli Mustonen. Mustonen’s version is available on his set of the Diabelli Variations from RCA Europe.
Under the catalogue number WoO 62, it is also found played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. The Beck recording can be found here.

Hess 47, the fragmentary Piano Trio arrangement of Beethoven’s String Trio op. 3, apparently arranged by Beethoven himself, has been recorded by the International Beethoven Project on the Cedille label. That disc can be ordered here.

Hess 57, Piano piece in C, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. That CD is available from Monument Records directly. It also was recorded on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. As Bagatelle in C, this piece appears on Naxos 8.553795, Bagatelles and Dances, Volume 1. Jando’s CD is available here. Hess 57 also appears on an Italian CD label called “RS” as #RS6367-45, but is run together with Hess 73 and 74 as “Bagatelles opus posthumous.”

Hess 59, Piano piece in C, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. That CD is available from Monument Records directly.

Hess 61, Anglaise in D, Hess 61, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. That CD is available from Monument Records directly. It also was recorded on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. The Anglaise in D is also found on Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. Although long out of print, you may be able to find the Berlin Classics set here.

Hess 63, Piano version of Schubart’s Kaplied, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. That CD is available from Monument Records directly.

Hess 64, Three-part Fugue in C, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. That CD is available from Monument Records directly.

Hess 65, Little Concert Finale for piano (arrangement of op. 37), is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records. The Finale is also played by Jeno Jando on the Naxos release, Bagatelles and Dances vol. 2, Naxos 8.553798. The Jando CD is available here.

Hess 66, Allegretto in C minor (2nd setting of WoO 53), is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.

Hess 67, Two German Dances, appears on Dance Music for Piano, played by Steven Beck, Monument Records 02.03.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records. This piece appears as “Zwei Deutsche Taenze” on the Italian “RS” CD #RS6367-45. ss 67 Two German Dances in F and F minor appear on Bagatelles and Dances vol. 3, Naxos 8.553799, played by Jeno Jando. The Jando CD is available here.

Hess 68, Little German Waltz, appears on Dance Music for Piano, played by Steven Beck, Monument Records 02.03.01 This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.

Hess 69, Allegretto in C minor, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records. Hess 69 was recorded on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. Olli Mustonen’s recording on RCA is available here. The indefatigable Jeno Jando includes a rendition on his Bagatelles & Dances vol. 2 from Naxos

Hess 70, Adagio in G major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Hess 71, Adagio in G major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Hess 72 was recorded on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. This Theme and Variation in A is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.

Hess 73, Piano piece in C, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records. The piece was also recorded on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. As Bagatelle in C, the piece appears on Naxos 8.553795, Bagatelles and Dances, Volume 1. The Jando CD can be found here. It also appears on an Italian CD label called “RS” as #RS6367-45, but is run together with Hess 57 and 74 as “Bagatelles opus posthumous.”

Hess 74, Piano piece in E-flat, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.This piece was released on Raptus Records LP 3890185A, Beethoven Sketchbook Miscellany. It also appears as Bagatelle in E-flat, on Naxos 8.553795, Bagatelles and Dances, Volume 1. The Jando CD can be found here. The piece is also found on an Italian CD label called “RS” as #RS6367-45, but is run together with Hess 57 and 73 as “Bagatelles opus posthumous.”

Hess 79, Lost cadenza to Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat, op. 19, is played by Maurizio Paciariello, with the Sassari Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Diem Tigani on Inedita CD/SACD PI 2366. This is a reconstruction of the cadenza from the sketch material found on folio 45 of the Kafka Sketchbook. This disc, “Beethoven Rarities vol.7,” is available from Inedita’s website, and also from Presto Classical.

Hess 84, Transition between Second and Third Movements of Piano version of Violin Concerto op. 61. Appears on the CBE recording by Daniel Barenboim and the English Chamber Orchestra (formerly available as an LP), as well as a performance by A. Webersinke on The Unknown Beethoven vol. 1 Berlin Classics BER 9131 and as a single disk on BER 2077. The CBE volume of Concertos (volume 2) is out of print but may be available here. Likewise, the Unknown Beethoven set is also out of print but may be available here.. The single-disc version of Webersinke’s rendition can be found here.

Hess 85, Cadenza to Rondo of Piano version of Violin Concerto op. 61. Appears on the CBE recording by Daniel Barenboim and the English Chamber Orchestra (formerly available as an LP), as well as a performance by Amadeus Webersinke on The Unknown Beethoven vol. 1 Berlin Classics BER 9131 and as a single disk on BER 2077. The CBE volume of Concertos (volume 2) is out of print but may be available here. Likewise, the Unknown Beethoven set is also out of print but may be available here.. The single-disc version of Webersinke’s rendition can be found here.

Hess 87, Piano version of March WoO 29, recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). Steven Beck performs this march on a CD of Beethoven’s Military Music for Piano, which is available from Monument Records directly.

Hess 88, Piano version of Minuet in A-flat Hess 33, recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). This arrangement of Minuet in A-flat Hess 33, is also played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.

Hess 89, Piano Version of the Ritterballett WoO 1, appears on Beethoven Early Dance Music, Monument Records 01.02.01, played by Steven Beck. This CD is regrettably now out of print, but it may be available here.

Hess 90 Piano version of The Creatures of Prometheus op. 43 has been recorded by Steven Samuel Beck on Monument Records, 00.01.99, the first release of this label. The CD is available directly from Monument Records.

Hess 91, Vocal quartet with piano version of Opferlied (a transcription of op. 121b) is available on CD 71 of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition

Hess 96, Beethoven’s unfinished transcription of the Seventh Symphony appears on Hyperion CDA 67111/3, a set of three CDs with performances by Leslie Howard of Franz Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven works, including Liszt’s complete transcription of the Seventh Symphony. This set may be available here.

Hess 97, Beethoven’s arrangement of Wellington’s Victory op. 91 for piano is performed by Steven Beck (minus the indicated cannon blasts) on Monument Records 04.05.03, Beethoven Military Music for Piano. which is available directly from Monument Records.

Hess 98, Piano arrangement of Scherzo from op. 1 nr. 2 piano trio, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. The CD is available directly from Monument Records.

Hess 99, Piano version of Military March in F WoO 18, recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). Steven Beck also performs this march on piano on Monument Records 04.05.03, Beethoven Military Music for Piano. which is available directly from Monument Records.

Hess 100, 12 German Dances for Orchestra WoO 8, transcribed for piano appears on Naxos 8.553795, Bagatelles and Dances, Volume 1, performed by Jeno Jando. This piano version of 12 German Dances for Orchestra WoO 8, was also recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). They can also be found performed by Steven Beck on Beethoven Early Dance Music, Monument Records. The Beck CD is regrettably now out of print, but it may be available here.

Hess 101, Piano version of Twelve Minuets WoO 7, appears on Beethoven Early Dance Music, Monument Records 01.02.01, played by Steven Beck. This CD is regrettably now out of print, but it may be available here. It was also recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). Hess 101 is also found on Bagatelles and Dances vol. 3, Naxos 8.553799, played by Jeno Jando. The Jando CD is available at this link.

Hess 102, Piano version of Nine Contradances from WoO 14, appears on Dance Music for Piano, played by Steven Beck, Monument Records 02.03.01 The Beck CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records. These dances were also recorded by Rudolf Buchbinder on Telefunken 6.35368 (six stereo LPs). Of the nine contredanses known to exist in piano form, Jeno Jando plays the seven which are theorized by Shin Kojima to be authentic Ludwig van Beethoven, and omits the two which Kojima believes to be arrangements by Caspar Carl van Beethoven. On Bagatelles and Dances vol. 2, Naxos 8.553798. The abbreviated Jando version is available here.

Hess 109 Leonore, 1805 version. Berlin Classics 0011402 BC; Edda Moser as Leonore, Herbert Blomstedt conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden. The Berlin Classics version is available here. Note that this recording omits WoO 2b, the introduction to Act II, which can be found on this site, and which also is found on the CBE recording of Leonore. The CBE version of Leonore, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, is not strictly the 1805 version, but an amalgam of Hess 109 (the 1805 version) and Hess 110 (the 1806 version). However, the Berlin Classics version includes the March at the beginning of Act II; that March was not added until the 1806 version. Thus, to properly hear Hess 109 (and to our knowledge the only way), you must add WoO 2b at the beginning of Act II of the Berlin Classics version, and omit the March.

Hess 110 Leonore (1806 version). World Premiere Recording was released on MD&G as MDG-3370826. The 1806 version is available at this link.

Hess 114, Recitative for Don Fernando, Dresden version of Fidelio (1814) appears on the Telarc CD-80439, Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, recording of Fidelio. The Mackerras version of Fidelio with this piece included is available at this link.

Hess 146 Der freie Mann (1790-2), on the cd ‘Beethoven and his teacher Christian Gottlob Neefe’ Michiel ten Houte-de Lange, tenor Anatol Karemacher, piano Raptus Records 389.02.88 This CD is long out of print but may be available here.

Hess 151, Traute Henriette, (1792-3) on the cd ‘Beethoven and his teacher Christian Gottlob Neefe’ Michiel ten Houte-de Lange, tenor Anatol Karemacher, piano. Raptus Records 389.02.88 recorded 1988. This CD is long out of print but may be available here. The song is also included on Disc 78 of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition, available here.

Hess 168, Air francais for piano trio and voice. Unknown Beethoven, volume 3, Berlin Classics 009133 BC. Although long out of print, this CD may be available here.

Hess 229, Languisco e moro. Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. Although long out of print, this set may be available here.

The following works from the counterpoint studies with Albrechtsberger were released on a recording entitled “Complete Organ Works”, Musical Heritage Society 1517 (LP), Wilhelm Krumbach, organ.

Hess 237 (one three-part fugue)
Hess 238 (two of the four-part fugues)
Hess 239 (Choralfugue #2 of 3)
Hess 243 (one double fugue)
Four Part Fugue in A minor, Hess 238 Nr. 4
Hess 244 (four-part triple fugue, #1 of 2)

These works are not identified as such, however, but are rather grouped together under the misnomer of “Fugue cycle in D minor on themes by J.S. Bach.” These pieces were never intended to be played together as a “fugue cycle,” which exists only in the imaginations of the creators of this album. So far as we can determine, the themes are all either by Fux or Albrechtsberger, and not J.S. Bach. Furthermore, this album contains by no means all of the organ works, omitting over half of them!.
The Krumbach LP of “Complete Organ Works” was later reissued on CD by Koch Treasure #3-1609-2 with all of the errors intact. This CD from Koch Treasure (now out of print) may be available at this link.

Hess 238 Nr. 1 has also been issued on CD by Raptus Records, #397.02.89, played by the Raphael String Quartet, along with several works by Beethoven’s pupil, Ferdinand Ries. While long out of print, the Raptus CD is sometimes available here.

Twelve contrapuntal studes arranged for orchestra were also issued on an LP Everest 3419 entitled “Beethoven-The Young Prometheus.” The following works appear on this LP:

1. Praeludium and fugue F major (Hess 30)
2. Fugue A minor (Hess 238 nr. 6)
3. Praeludium and fugue C major (Hess 31)
4. Praeludium and fugue E minor (Hess 29)
5. Choral fugue G major (Hess 239 nr. 3)
6. Fugue B flat major (Hess 238 nr. 5)
7. Fugue alla duodecima D minor (Hess 243 nr. 5)
8. Double Fugue with 3 subjects F major (Triple Fugue, Hess 244 nr. 2)
9. Fugue alla duodecima C major (Hess 243 nr. 4)
10. Fugue C major (Hess 238 nr. 3, followed by a repeat of Hess 243 nr. 4)
11 Choral fugue F major (Hess 239 nr. 1)
12. Double fugue with 3 subjects – D minor (Triple Fugue, Hess 244 nr. 1)

Hess 245, (fragment of a fugue for string quartet), appears played by Quartetto Paolo Borciani on Stradivarius STR 33362. That CD of Early String Quartets may be available here.

Hess 264, Te Solo Adoro, Canon, appears on Unknown Beethoven vol. 2, misidentified as WoO 186. Although long out of print, this set may be available here.

Hess 275, Canon in A-flat (also catalogued as Hess 329), is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records.

Hess 297 Adagio for three horns, appears on ARTS 47551-2, volume 2 of the Arts label’s complete Beethoven music for winds. The Arts CD is available here.

Hess 298, Sketches for Symphony in C minor. Anatol Karemacher, piano, on Raptus Records 389.02.88.

Hess 324, Melodie in C minor, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Hess 325, Allegro in D, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Hess 330, March in C minor, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Hess 331, Minuet in B-flat major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19.

Also of potential interest are the set of LP’s entitled: Discourses – All About Music, (1974) “Now on record for the first time ever… the secrets of Beethoven’s sketch books, revealing how he created his great masterpieces, from the first jottings to the finished work. Presented and illustrated by Denis Matthews.” These intriguing recordings have been reissued on CD and are available from Discourses in Europe and from Monument Records in the USA. Those two CDs are available from Monument here.

ABM 1 – The Composer at Work
ABM 2 – The Concertos
ABM 3 – The Eroica
ABM 4 – Symphonies 1,2 & 7
ABM 5 – Symphonies 5 & 6
ABM 6 – Symphonies 8 & 9
ABM 7 – The piano sonatas
ABM 8 – The quartets

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