“Seldom Heard” Works with WoO Numbers

Following are rarely-found recordings of Beethoven’s works catalogued by Kinsky-Halm as Werke ohne Opuszahl (WoO), or works without opus numbers.

WoO 5, Violin Concerto in C, (uncompleted fragment), performed by Karl Suske, violin, and the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, conducted by Heinz Bogart, on a Berlin Classics – CD, 0093092BC. Recording from 1971. That recording is available on this CD with other works for violin and orchestra.

WoO 5, Violin Concerto in C, (completion by Manen), performed by Pina Carmirelli, violin, and the Heidelberger Kammerorchester, conducted by Richard Laugs on a Da Camera Magna-LP, number SM 91027. Recorded in 1973.

WoO 10, Six Minuets for Orchestra as reconstructed by Franz Beyer from the piano version of 1796, performed by the Philharmonia Hungarica, under Hans Ludwig Hirsch. The original orchestra version is lost. Telefunken 6.41935 AW [TANZE VOL. I: 24 Menuette] A version was recorded by Capella Istropolitana on Brilliant Classics, Dances II, 93553/14, as part of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition sold here.

WoO 15, Six Laendler Dances for Piano. While the version for two violins and bass is well represented in the catalogue, the piano version is rarely recorded. One version is performed by Jeno Jando, and appears on Naxos 8.553795, Bagatelles and Dances, Volume 1. Jando’s recording of the Laendler can be purchased here. Steven Beck also performs the set of six on ‘Dance Music for Piano,’ from Monument Records, which is available here. For some reason best known to him, Willy Hess did not assign a separate Hess number to the piano transcription, although he did so for all of the other sets of dances.

WoO 16, Twelve Ecossaises (not genuine, but crude arrangements of snippets of Beethoven works by an unknown hand) were recorded for posterity by Steven Beck on Masters of the Classical Keyboard from Monument Records. That CD is available here.

WoO 17 Eleven Moedlinger Dances (probably a spurious set not by Beethoven) appears on: (1) Musical Heritage Society MHS 1190 (1973), Walter Weller cond., Vienna Chamber Orchestra; (2)Telefunken 6.42133 AW w/Consortium Classicum [TANZE VOL.III]. A more recent recording by Oliver Dohnyáni and the Capella Istropolitana appears on CD from Naxos 8.550433.The latter CD can be found here.

WoO 18, Military March in F for Wind Band (“Yorkscher March”). The CBE recording, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, omits the trio added by Beethoven in 1822. The march and trio was available on Telefunken (LP) SLT 43104, “Marschmusik am Brandenburgisch=Preussischen Hofe”, or “March Music at the Royal Prussian Court of Brandenburg,” performed by the Hamburg 6th Military Corps, but that LP has apparently never resurfaced on CD. A better option for a modern version is the complete March with Trio that appears on ARTS 47551-2, volume 2 of the Arts label’s complete Beethoven music for winds. That CD is available here.

WoO 19, Military March in F for Wind Band. The CBE recording also omits the 1822 trio from this march. The trio is included on Telefunken (LP) SLT 43104 listed under WoO 18 above, and also on an LP by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Philips 6599 172. WoO 19, complete with trio, appears on ARTS 47551-2, volume 2 of the Arts label’s complete Beethoven music for winds. That CD is available here.

WoO 23, Ecossaise in D, remains lost in the wind band original, but Steven Beck performs the piano version of this piece on Military Music for Piano from Monument Records. The Beck CD is available here.

WoO 27, Three Duos for Clarinet and Bassoon (doubtful). Israeli Wind Virtuosi, on Koch International Classics 3-7401-2-H1. Recordings of the set of three Duos can also be found on the CPO label’s box set of Beethoven’s Complete Music for Winds, performed by Consortium Classicum. This set is available here.

WoO 51, Two Pieces for Orphica (a kind of small traveling piano briefly popular around 1797), often erroneously described as a Piano Sonata, are being recorded on an orphica for the first time by Tobias Koch, released in the United States in January 2015 on a 3 CD set, Complete Piano Pieces from Avi-Music, Cologne, #AVI8553321.

WoO 54, This bagatelle also appears on Meridian #CDE84145 and Epiphany Recordings #EP-1, the latter featuring Igor Kipnis on a 1793 piano. Epiphany re-released that recording by Kipnis on CD. That CD is now out of print but may be available here. Olli Mustonen also performs this bagatelle on his set of the Diabelli Variations, op. 120, on RCA Victor Europe. The Mustonen CD is available here.

WoO 58, Two cadenzas for Mozart’s Piano Concerto KV 466 are played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records at this link. The full concerto, with Beethoven’s cadenzas, is played by Sviatoslav Richter and the Warsaw Philharmonic on the Historical Recordings volume of the CBE. That now out-of-print vol 20 of the CBE may be available here.

WoO 59, Für Elise, 1822 version, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records at this link. We do not, unfortunately, have available the sheet music for this 1822 version, which was published by Novello under the name “Three Bagatelles,” edited by Barry Cooper. That sheet music is alas long out of print.

WoO 61, Allegretto, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01 at this link. The Allegretto is performed by Olli Mustonen on the London label with other miscellaneous bagatelles. The Mustonen disc can be found here.

WoO 61a, Bagatelle in G minor, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01 at this link.

WoO 62, Piano Arrangement by Anton Diabelli of Lost String Quintet 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 at this link.

WoO 62, Piano version of String Quintet (also known as Hess 41). Appears on RCA 74321 61448 2, played by Olli Mustonen. That same recording was rereleased on CD by RCA Victor Europe on Mustonen’s set of the Diabelli Variations, op. 120. The Mustonen CD is available here.

WoO 64, Six Variations on a Swiss Song in F, for Harp or Piano. While the piano version is quite commonly found on CD, the harp version appears much less frequently. Marisa Robles plays it on London 436 293-2. That recording was rereleased on CD by London together with the Handel Harp Concerti. That CD is available here.

WoO 107-151 are songs for solo voice and piano; in the following listed songs, the CBE does not provide recordings of the complete songs, but omits one or more verses. In these listings, the number of total verses is listed in parentheses after the title. The verse numbers which are provided therein follow each described recording. Five Beethoven songs have never to our knowledge been recorded complete: 1) Que le temps me dure, WoO 116 version in C major; 2) Der freie Mann WoO 117; 3) Abschiedsgesang an Wiens Bürger WoO 121; 4) Der Jüngling in der Fremde WoO 138; and 5) So oder so WoO 148. There is an opportunity here for some enterprising vocalist.

WoO 108. An einen Saeugling (4). CBE provides vv. 1 and 2. Beethoven Complete Lieder, Cappricio 10 343/45 (Hermann Prey, Walter Olbertz), gives verses 1-4 complete. The Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here.

WoO 110 Elegie auf den Tod eines Pudels (4). CBE provides vv. 1 and 4. Beethoven Lieder vol. 3, Berlin Classics BC 2084-2 provides 1-4 complete, sung by Peter Schreier, tenor. Schreier’s recording was rereleased on a 3 CD set from Brilliant Classics available here.

WoO 116 Que le temps me dure (4, 2 versions in C and C minor). CBE provides both versions, but only verses 1 and 3. Schreier, vol. 3 sings all 4 verses, but of the C minor version only. Prey has verses 1-3 of both versions. Schreier’s recording was rereleased on a 3 CD set from Brilliant Classics available here. The Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here.

WoO 117 Der freie Mann (7). CBE provides vv. 1, 2 and 6. Schreier, vol. 3 gives these same verses. Prey gives vv. 1, 4 and 6. The Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here.

WoO 121 Abschiedsgesang an Wiens Buerger (6). CBE has verses 1, 3 and 5. Hermann Prey gives verses 1, 2 and 6. The Hermann Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here.. Hermann’s son Florian Prey sings verses 1, 2, 5 and 6 on CD 71 of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition.

WoO 122 Kriegslied der Oesterreicher (4). CBE has verses 2 and 3 only. Hermann Prey sings all 4 verses complete. The Hermann Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here. Florian Prey and Norbert Groh also perform all 4 verses complete on CD 71 of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition

WoO 131 Beethoven’s setting of Erlkönig by Goethe, as completed by Reinhold Becker, is missing entirely from the CBE. That song is, however, included on disc 73 of the massive 87-CD set of Beethoven Complete Works issued by Cascade. This set has some serious problems (just for starters, on CD 1, the beginning of the First Symphony is missing), and it is now out of print, but may be available here.

WoO 138 Der Juengling in der Fremde (6). CBE contains vv. 1 and 5 only. Prey provides verses 1, 2, 3 and 6. Beethoven Lieder vol. 1, Berlin Classics BC 2082-2, Peter Schreier, tenor, includes verses 1, 2 and 6. The Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here. Schreier’s recording is available here.

WoO 142 Der Bardengeist (8). CBE gives verses 1 and 3 only. Hermann Prey performs 1, 2 and 3. Acanta (LP) 23545, Hans Hotter, baritone, gives verses 1-4. The Hermann Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here. All 8 verses are present on the recording by Florian Prey (son of Hermann) and Norbert Groh that is included on Disc 78 of the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition, available here. Although the contents of this box set vary from pressing to pressing as license deals expire, this particular recording appears to have been on every iteration of the box through 2013. This seems to be the only complete commercial recording of the song to date.

WoO 147 Ruf vom Berge (6). CBE includes only vv. 1-3, 5 and 6. Complete vv. 1-6 on Lieder vol. 2, Berlin Classics BC 2083-2, Peter Schreier, tenor. Schreier’s recording was rereleased on a 3 CD set from Brilliant Classics available here.

WoO 148 So oder so (6). CBE has vv. 1, 3 and 6, as does Schreier, Lieder vol. 3. Prey sings verses 1, 5 and 6 only. The Prey recording of the Complete Lieder is available here.

WoO 160/1 and 160/2, Two canons in G and C. Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. While out of print, this set may be available here.

WoO 162, Canon Ta ta ta ta lieber Maelzel (apparently by Anton Schindler), Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. While out of print, this set may be available here.

WoO 171, Canon Glueck fehl’ dir vor allem (actually written by Michael Haydn), Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. While out of print, this set may be available here.

WoO 181, Three Canons: Gedenket heute, Gehabt euch and Tugend ist. Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. While out of print, this set may be available here.

WoO 199, “Ich bin der Herr von zu,” Musical Joke for Archduke Rudolph, appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here.

WoO 200, Theme for Archduke Rudolph, is played by Steven Beck on Beethoven: Cameos for Piano, Monument Records 03.04.01. This CD can be obtained directly from Monument Records at this link.

WoO 201, “Ich bin bereit! Amen,” Musical Joke in C, appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here.

WoO 202, “Das Schöne zum Guten!” riddle canon (1st version), appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here.

WoO 203, “Das Schöne zum Guten!” riddle canon (2nd version), appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here.

WoO 204, “Holz, Holz, geigt die Quartette so,” Musical Joke in D minor, appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here. According to the new Kinsky-Halm catalogue, this musical joke is by Holz himself, not by Beethoven, but at least it has been recorded for posterity.

WoO 205 (a) through (k), a group of short musical greetings, appears on disc 73 in the set of Beethoven Complete Works from Cascade. That box is out of print but may be available here.