“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 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. This piece is now catalogued as WoO 206.

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 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 Paciariello on piano, was released in 2005 as a hybrid SACD in volume 4 of the series Beethoven Rarities, on the now-defunct Inedita label from Italy, PI2352. This disc had limited circulation and today is an extreme rarity.

A revised version of Nicholas Cook’s completion of Hess 15 Piano Concerto #6 in D, with a cadenza and a different conclusion by Hermann Dechant was released in 2019 on OEHMS Classics, OC 1710, performed by Sophie-Mayuko Vetter, with Peter Ruzicka conducting the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. It bills itself as the world premiere recording, which is true from the standpoint of this edition. This CD can be obtained here.

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 25, Early version of the Finale to String Trio op.3 is performed by Eunji Kim, Seido Karasaki and Larry DiBello on CD 46 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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. The Second Trio, separated from the rest of the Scherzo, is performed by Clara Scholtes, Seido Karasaki and Larry DiBello on CD 45 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The Scherzo, performed with this alternative trio by Daniel Hope, Amihai Grosz and Daniel Müller-Schott appears on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

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. The Fine Arts Quartet performance of this Fugue can be found on CD 54 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The Fugue is performed by the Hagen Quartet on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 38, Beethoven’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, Fugue Nr. 22 in B flat minor BWV 867, for string quintet. This fugue arrangement is performed on CD 63 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition by Sofia Kim, Susie Kroh, Seido Karasaki, Larry DiBello and Marta Gudmunsdottir. This Bach Fugue arrangement is
also performed by Michael Alexander Willens and the Kölner Akademie on CD 215 of the massive DG BACH 333 – The New Complete Edition.

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. The fragment is also performed by Sofia Kim, Susie Kroh, Seido Karasaki, Andrew Collins and Marta Gudmunsdottir on CD 63 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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 46, Violin Sonata in A (fragments). A live performance by Rachel Barton Pine with Matthen Hagel is elsewhere on this site. This sonata is performed by Clara Scholtes and Tatiana Lokhina on CD 64 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer perform the sonata fragments on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

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.” Ronald Brautigam performs the piece on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 58, Piano Piece in B-flat, is played by Sergio Gallo on CD 32 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. This piece is performed by Tobias Koch together with Hess 59 on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD]. Aurélien Pontier performs this piece on CD 32 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

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. The piece also played by Sergio Gallo on CD 32 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. Tobias Koch performs this piece on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD]. On that recording, the piece identified as Hess 59 is actually the Minuet WoO 218; Hess 59 is actually found in the same track (nr. 14) on CD 99, together with Hess 58 (Hess 59 is played first). Aurélien Pontier performs this piece on CD 32 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

Hess 60, Draft in A, is played by Sergio Gallo on CD 32 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 61, WoO 212, Anglaise in D, 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. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. Carl Petersson also performs this Anglaise for piano on Military Beethoven. Now catalogued as WoO 212.

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. This piece also appears performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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. Now catalogued as WoO 215.

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. This piece also appears performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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. Tobias Koch performs these dances from the Petter sketchbook on period instruments on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD]. These little dances are performed by Aurélien Pontier on CD 32 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

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. Carl Petersson performs the Waltz on Naxos 8.573928, Military Beethoven. Now catalogued as WoO 219.

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. Now catalogued as WoO 214.

Hess 70, Adagio ma non molto in G major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19. This piece also appears performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. Tobias Koch performs this Adagio on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 71, Molto Adagio in G major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19. This piece also appears performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. This Adagio is performed by Tobias Koch on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 72, Theme and Variation in A (fragment) 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. The piece also is played by Sergio Gallo on CD 32 of Beethoven Complete Edition. Tobias Koch performs the Theme and variation on a period instrument on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

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 73 and 74 are now catalogued together as Two Bagatelles, WoO 216.

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 73 and 74 are now catalogued together as Two Bagatelles, WoO 216.

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 out of print, and Inedita is unfortunately defunct, so this may be difficult to locate.

Hess 84, Cadenza at Bar 92, 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 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. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. The single-disc version of Webersinke’s rendition can be found here. Ronald Brautigam performs this cadenza on his recording of the Piano Concerto op.61 on the BIS label, BIS-1693 SACD. This piece also appears performed on a stand-alone basis by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The cadenza is included in the performance by François-René Duchâble, accompanied by Yehudi Menuhin and Sinfonia Varsovia on CD 8 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

Hess 85, Cadenza at Bar 279, 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. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. The single-disc version of Webersinke’s rendition can be found here. Ronald Brautigam performs this cadenza on his recording of the Piano Concerto op.61 on the BIS label, BIS-1693 SACD. This piece also appears performed on a standalone basis by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The cadenza is included in the performance by François-René Duchâble, accompanied by Yehudi Menuhin and Sinfonia Varsovia on CD 8 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

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. Carl Petersson performs both the original and revised version of Hess 87 on Naxos 8.573928, Military Beethoven. Two versions are performed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen on Upstream Music UM 075, which may be available for download here, at least to persons with a German bank account.

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. Carl Petersson performs this Minuet on Military Beethoven, Naxos 8.573928.

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. The piano version also is played by Carl Petersson on CD 33 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition

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. Warren Lee plays this piano version on Naxos 8.573974, Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Hess 90.

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 Another recording of this version of the song is available on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 92, Bundeslied, op.122, version for chorus and piano (1824/1825). This alternate version of the well-known song for chorus and orchestra is performed by Cantus Novus Wien, directed by Thomas Holmes, with Diana Fuchs on piano, on CD 77 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 93a, Freudvoll und Leidvoll in A. This elaborated version of the song from Egmont does not have a prelude; when Willy Hess published it in his Supplement to the Gesamtausgabe, he also supplied a completion that includes the piano prelude. Both the original and the completed version are performed by Elisabeth Breuer on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 94, Freudvoll und Leidvoll in G. This version of the song from Egmont (probably the second composed after Hess 95 in F) is performed by Elisabeth Breuer on CD 88 of the Naxos 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. The transcription also is played by Carl Petersson on CD 32 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. Tobias Koch plays the fragment from the first movement on a period instrument on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 97, Beethoven’s arrangement of Wellington’s Victory op. 91 for piano is performed by Steven Beck (minus the indicated cannon blasts) on a period Jakesch fortepiano on Monument Records 04.05.03, Beethoven Military Music for Piano. which is available directly from Monument Records. Beck’s recording also appears on CD 99 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD]. Carl Petersson performs this arrangement on Naxos 8.573928, Military Beethoven.

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. Carl Petersson performs his completion of the Scherzo on Naxos 8.573928, Military Beethoven.

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. The march is also performed by Carl Petersson on CD 33 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The piano version of the march was performed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen on Upstream Music UM 075, which may be available for download here, at least to persons with a German bank account.

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, and can be purchased here. 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. This set of dances appears on CD 4 of of the Hänssler set of Complete Piano Works played by Martino Tirimo, cat. PH19032. Five of the dances, described as waltzes, were recorded by Aquiles Delle-Vigne on a very rare CD, Master of Arts, Arcobaleno, EMS, SBCD 8000. That same recording was also released as Discover International DICD 920271, distributed by Koch.

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. These piano transcriptions appear on CD 4 of the Hänssler set of Complete Piano Works played by Martino Tirimo, cat. PH19032. Three of the minuets, in somewhat free arrangements and described as waltzes, were recorded by Aquiles Delle-Vigne on a very rare CD, Master of Arts, Arcobaleno, EMS, SBCD 8000. That same recording was also released as Discover International DICD 920271, distributed by Koch.

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. These seven contredanses are also appear on CD 2 of the Hänssler set of Complete Piano Works played by Martino Tirimo, cat. PH19032.

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 118, Incidental Music for Consecration of the House (Die Weihe des Hauses). Other than the overture op.124 and the Aria with Chorus Wo sich die Pulse WoO 98, musically this is the same as Beethoven’s incidental music for The Ruins of Athens (Die Ruinen von Athens), op.113, but some lyrics are different. The CBE, NCBE and the Warner Beethoven Complete Works accordingly include only the Ruins of Athens version, plus the two additional pieces, with notations as to how to program the music in order to hear the Consecration of the House version. The entire Consecration of the House version is performed by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic on CD 10 of Beethoven [10 CD].

Hess 137, Liebe (Ich wiege dich in meinem Arm) is performed by Elisabeth Breuer rather than a man and thus completely misses the point of the banana joke on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 140, Dimmi ben mio, che m’ami, variant versions of op.82/1 is found in both an early (1809) version and a later (1811) version from the Paris autograph, performed by Rainer Trost on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 141, a variant version of Bußlied op.48/6, is performed by Paul-Arnim Edelmann on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 142, first version of Wonne der Wehmut (op.83/1) is performed by Constantin Graf von Walderdorff on Thorofon CTH2601/5. This set in CD form is available here. and the music can also be downloaded here. It is also performed by Rainer Trost on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 144, first version of Feuerfarb (op.52/2), is performed by Constantin Graf von Walderdorff on Thorofon CTH2601/5. This set in CD form is available here. and the music can also be downloaded here. It is also performed by Paul-Arnim Edelmann on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 145, Opferlied, sketch of first setting WoO 126 for voice and piano, is performed by Paul-Arnim Edelmann on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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. The song is also performed by Rainer Trost on CD 88 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 168, Air français for piano trio and voice. Unknown Beethoven, volume 3, Berlin Classics 009133 BC. Although long out of print, this CD may be available here. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. Kurt Mahn plays the vocal line on oboe, together with the trio of Reinhard Ulbricht, Joachim Bischof and Eva Ander, on the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition. The same recording appears under license from Brilliant on CD 82 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 178, ‘Tis Sunshine at Last (1815) duet version of WoO 153/13 (KH2 WoO 153/44), is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet and Daniel Johannsenon on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 191, The Vale of Clwyd, early version (1810) of WoO 155/19, is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 192, Second version of On the Massacre of Glencoe, was recorded by the Celtic folk group Makaris on their album Wisps in the Dell released 2019 by Olde Focus Recordings catalogue no. FCR916. The song was also recorded by Eberhard Büchner on the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition. The same recording appears under license from Brilliant on CD 78 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 194, first version (June/July of 1810) of I Dream’d I Lay Where Flow’rs Were Springing, which features a significantly different ritornello from the version WoO 153/3 (KH2 WoO 153/30), is performed by Renate Kramer and Ingeborg Springer on the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition. The same recording appears under license from Brilliant on CD 79 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 195, first version (Dec. 1812-March 1813) of Far from the Home, WoO 153/11 (KH2 WoO 153/40), is performed by Daniel Johannsen on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 196, first version (1810) of I’ll Praise the Saints with Early Song, WoO 153/12 (KH2 WoO 153/41) is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 197, first version (June/July of 1810) of ‘Tis But in Vain, with a quite different and more difficult accompaniment, not to mention a different cadenza than WoO 153/15 (KH2 WoO 153/49), is performed by Ingeborg Springer on the Brilliant Classics Beethoven Complete Edition. The same recording appears under license from Brilliant on CD 79 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 198, Oh! Would I Were that Sweet Linnet, first version of WoO 154/9 (KH2 153/48) is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet and Daniel Johannsenon on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 200, The Maid of Isla, first (1817) and second (1818) versions of op.108/4, are both performed by Georg Klimbacher on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 201, Bonnie Laddie, Highland Laddie, with the First version (1815) of the violin part was recorded by the Celtic folk group Makaris on their album Wisps in the Dell released 2019 by Olde Focus Recordings catalogue no. FCR916. Georg Klimbacher sings Hess 201 with both the first version (1815) and the revised version (1818) of the violin part on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 202, Oh! Thou art the Lad of my Heart, Willy, first version of op.108/11 (Sept/Oct 1815), is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 203, Faithful’ Johnie, first version (1810) of op.108/20, is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 204, O Let the Night My Blushes Hide, original version WoO 155/7 [Naxos describes it as “2nd discarded version”], is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 205, The Dream, 1st version (1810) of WoO 155/14, is performed by Paula Sophie Bohnet and Daniel Johannsenon on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 206, To The Blackbird, 1st version (1809) of WoO 155/20, is performed by Daniel Johannsen on CD 84 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 229, Languisco e moro. Unknown Beethoven, volume 2, Berlin Classics 009132 BC. Although long out of print, this set may be available here. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. Both the duet version and solo version with piano are performed on CD 90 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. The duet version is included on CD 80 of the Warner Beethoven: The Complete Works.

The most comprehensive selections yet from Beethoven’s counterpoint studies are included on CD 101 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD]. These include:
Hess 236: Five of the 20 surviving 2-voice fugues (at least 13 are thought to be lost). These are Nottebohm’s nrs. 1-5, or respectively nrs. 1,3,4,6 and 7 of the fugues contained in autograph A75. Performed by Tobias Koch on fortepiano.
Hess 237: Four of the 7 3-voice fugues. These are Nottebohm’s nrs. 1-3 and the one that appears only in Seyfried at 175. These are respectively nrs. 3,5,14 and 8 of autograph A75. Performed by Tobias Koch on fortepiano.
Hess 238: Six of the 8 4-voice fugues. These are Nottebohm’s nrs. 1-5 and the one that appears only in Seyfried at 188. These are respectively nrs. 6,3,4,7,8 and 5 of autograph A75. The two omitted (nrs. 1 and 2 of A75) exist only in draft, not final, versions so this set may be considered complete. Performed by the Covington String Quartet.
Hess 239: Three of the 2 Chorale Fugues, nrs. 2 and 3. These are performed by Tobias Koch on fortepiano.
Hess 243: Five double fugues, complete. These are performed by the Covington String Quartet.
Hess 244: Two triple fugues, complete. These are performed by the Covington String Quartet.

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 (Chorale fugue #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. Chorale 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 Chorale 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. This fragment also appears on CD 63 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition, performed by the Fine Arts Quartet. The Endellion String Quartet performs this fugue on CD 101 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 263, Te solo adoro, canon (sketch for WoO 186) appears on CD 90 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition

Hess 264, Te solo adoro, Canon,(sketch for WoO 186) appears on Unknown Beethoven vol. 2, misidentified as WoO 186. Although long out of print, this set may be available here. This set was also rereleased in 2019 as a 9-CD box. The canon also appears on CD 90 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition

Hess 274, Canon in G,performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. In that set, this piece is identified as actually being by Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), from his Der vollkommene Kapellmeister, Part III, Chapter 15.

Hess 275, Canon in A-flat (also catalogued as Hess 328), 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 also appears performed by Sergio Gallo on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition. Now catalogued as WoO 222.

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. Layne Anspach, Scott Holben and Yu-Hsuan Cheng perform the Adagio on CD 60 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

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. This piece also appears performed both in its original version, and in a reconstruction by our own Willem, by Carl Petersson on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 325, Allegro in D, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19. This piece also appears performed by Carl Petersson on CD 34 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 330, March in C minor, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19. The March also is played, in Willem’s reconstruction, by Carl Petersson on CD 32 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition.

Hess 331, Minuet in B-flat major, is performed by John Kersey on Romantic Discoveries Recordings RDR CD19. Carl Petersson performs the Minuets in two versions, the original, and a completion by our own Willem, on CD 17 of the Naxos Beethoven Complete Edition The Minuet is performed by the Covington String Quartet on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 332 Pastorella in D is performed by the Covington String Quartet on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 333 Menuetto-Scherzo is performed by the Covington String Quartet on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

Hess 334 Allegro in A is performed by the Covington String Quartet on CD 100 of the DG BTHVN 2020 – Beethoven The New Complete Edition [123 CD].

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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