The Art of Fugue discography

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This is a list of commercial recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue.

Artist Date Recording Instrument and Remarks
Richard Buhlig and Wesley Kuhnle 1934 piano
Roth Quartet 1934–1935 string quartet (includes conjectural end played by Donald Tovey on keyboard)
Gustav Leonhardt 1953 harpsichord
Joseph & Grete Dichler 1954 piani (two pianos)
Helmut Walcha 1956 organ
Milan Munclinger with Ars Rediviva 1959 orchestra
Glenn Gould 1962 piano and organ (incomplete)
Fine Arts String Quartet and New York Woodwind Quintet 1962 string quartet and woodwind quintet
Ensemble Wolfgang von Karajan 1963 organ (on three chamber organs)
Karl Münchinger and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 1965 orchestra
Karl Ristenpart with Chamber Orchestra of the Saar 1965 orchestra (adapted for orchestra by Marcel Bitsch and Claude Pascal[1])
Hermann Scherchen with Orchestre de la RTSI 1965 orchestra
Milan Munclinger with Ars Rediviva 1966 orchestra
Charles Rosen 1967 piano
Gustav Leonhardt 1969 harpsichord
Helmut Walcha 1970 organ
Lionel Rogg 1970 organ
Neville Marriner with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 1974 orchestra
Yuji Takahashi 1975 electronic version (incomplete)
Yuji Takahashi ? piano (early version)
Milan Munclinger with Ars Rediviva 1979 orchestra
Grigory Sokolov 1982 piano
Zoltán Kocsis 1984 piano
Musica Antiqua Köln (director Reinhard Goebel) 1984 string quartet/harpsichord and various such instrumental combinations
Davitt Moroney 1985 harpsichord
Quartetto Italiano 1985 string quartet
Jordi Savall with Hesperion XX 1986 orchestra
The Canadian Brass 1987 brass quintet
Yuji Takahashi 1988 piano
Juilliard String Quartet 1989 string quartet
Evgeni Koroliov 1990 piano
Berliner Saxophon Quartett 1990 saxophone quartet
Erich Bergel with Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra 1991 orchestra
Tatiana Nikolayeva 1992 piano
Wolfgang Rübsam 1992 organ
Marie-Claire Alain 1993 organ
Louis Thiry 1993 organ (Silbermann organ of Saint Thomas Church, Strasbourg)
Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot 1994 harpsichords
Andrei Vieru 1994 piano
Keller Quartet 1997 string quartet
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet 1998 recorder quartet
Phantasm (director: Laurence Dreyfus) 1998 viola da gamba four-part consort
Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano 1998 orchestra
André Isoir 1999 organ. Some movements performed as a duet with Pierre Farago, on the Grenzing organ of Saint-Cyprien in Périgord, France
Menno Van Delft 1999 harpsichord
Hans Fagius 2000 organ (on the Carsten Lund organ of the Garnisons Church, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Delmé Quartet 2000 string quartet (arranged by composer Robert Simpson, including versions of Contrapuntus XIV unfinished and completed following Tovey's version)
Kevin Bowyer 2001 organ (on the Marcussen organ of Saint Hans Church, Odense, Denmark)
József Eötvös 2002 two eight-string guitars
Fretwork 2002 consort of Viols
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 2002 orchestra
Emerson Quartet 2003 string quartet
Aurelia Saxophone Quartet 2005 saxophone quartet
The Version of Jacques Chailley instrumentation of Pascal Vigneron 2005 wind quartet, brass quartet and organ
Sébastian Guillot 2006 harpsichord
Walter Riemer 2006 fortepiano (using a fortepiano of Mozart type)
Bradley Brookshire 2007 harpsichord (includes an additional CD-ROM with score to follow along as MP3s play)
Gösta Funck 2007 harpsichord (Christian Zell, 1728)
Laibachkunstderfuge, by Neue Slowenische Kunst industrial band Laibach 2008 electronic version
An electronic version by Jeffrey C Hall 2007?
Pierre-Laurent Aimard 2008 piano
Sergio Vartolo 2008 harpsichord
Gavin Black & George Hazelrigg 2009 harpsichords (on two harpsichords with voices shared equally throughout)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin 2011 orchestra
Angela Hewitt 2014 piano
Kimiko Douglass-Ishizaka, including her own completion to the final fugue 2017 piano
  • Without recording date - To be inserted in the list


  1. ^ Nonesuch HB-73013