Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue for organ in G major, BWV 577 (BC J61)

    Description by James Reel

    Unique among Bach's works -- assuming it is by Bach -- this is a fugue in jig-time, the sort of thing one finds in Buxtehude and Pachelbel, but at a lower skill level. It begins, innocently enough, with a cheerful tune in dotted Gigue rhythm, but quickly proves to be a treacherous test of virtuosity with its rapid, four-voice writing and its especially difficult pedal part. The fugue works well if played in a low-key manner, but some performers feel that if they're going to take the trouble to master this three-minute piece, they should impress the audience with its difficulty, so with a combination of showy registration choices and fast tempo, this can also be used as a barn-burner.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Harmonia Mundi HMM 90245356
    2018 Decca
    2017 Leaf Music LM 207
    2016 Oehms Classics OC 1841
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music 309294
    2015 Regent REGCD 436
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94981BR
    2015 Syrius SYR 141463
    2013 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099943331628
    2013 Loft Recordings LRCD 1131
    2013 Oehms Classics OC 845
    2012 Naxos 8572980
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099908215
    2011 Passion for Pipes / Passion for Pipes Productions
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099909491328
    2011 Erato 2564676018
    2011 Regent REGCD 307
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778628
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 477 862-8
    2010 RPM / RPO 28580
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969542
    2010 JAV Recordings JAV183
    2009 Raven 908
    2009 Ricercar 289
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4694202
    2007 BIS 1527/28
    2007 Cascade Records 2100
    2007 Erato 4699028
    2007 Raven 870
    2007 Deutsche Grammophon 4776118
    2006 Brilliant Classics 93102
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99697
    2006 Raven 875
    2006 Brilliant 92386
    2006 TTDD 52
    2005 Virgin Classics 45049
    2005 Capriccio Records 49444
    2005 Klavier Records 11154
    2005 Decca 4756828
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 585630
    2004 Priory Records 913
    2004 Channel Classics 3404
    2004 OrganArts 805593
    2004 BIS 311544
    2004 OrganArts 4002
    2003 Art & Music 1539/58
    2003 Channel Classics 19498
    2003 Channel Classics 19403
    2002 Hyperion 44121/36
    2001 CPO 999755
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 73878
    2000 Raven 470
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Berlin Classics 0093682
    1999 Harmonia Mundi 290772
    1999 Opus 111 OP 10001
    1999 Teldec 3984-25713-2
    1999 Valois 4425
    1999 Haenssler / Haenssler Classics 92089
    1998 Erato / Virgin VBD 5614722
    1997 Hyperion 67211/2
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 4760
    1997 RCA Victor 68816
    1996 Sony Classical 62385
    1996 Titanic 158
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 4492122
    1996 Dorian 98103
    1996 Cedille Records 12
    1995 London 444410
    1995 Nimbus 5289
    1995 EMI Music Distribution CD-CFPSD4760
    1995 Gallo 453
    1994 RCA 61852
    1994 Erato 96358
    1994 Erato 96720
    1994 BIS 439
    1994 Capriccio Records 10506
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 65028
    1993 Dorian 90112
    1992 Opus 111 519115
    1988 CBS Records 42644
    Ave
    ChurchKat
    Brilliant 93102-VOL6
    Brilliant 99706
    Brilliant 99706/14
    Brilliant 93102/152
    MCA 6264
    Ricercar 246762
    Fleur de Lis 0101
    Ricercar 246782
    Ligia 104081
    EMI Music Distribution
    Ligia 0104037
    London 421337
    Newport Classic 60090
    Cascade Records 2105
    Hyperion 44125
    Arkay Records 6131