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The Bach Cantatas Website celebrates its 15th anniversary

Aryeh Oron wrote (January 3, 2016):
The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) was launched in its current form and address on December 30, 2000.

The BCW is located at: http://www.bach-cantatas.com
Description: The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and his other vocal works and many of his instrumental works. The BCW contains for most works: detailed discographies, discussions, texts and translations, scores, commentaries, references, music examples... Performers of Bach’s works: their biographies, Bach discographies... Poets & composers associated with Bach: their biographies, Bach connection... Other resources: the Lutheran church year, chorale texts & melodies, books and movies on Bach, concerts, Bach festivals, guide to Bach tour... The BCW is an international collective project.

Some statistics: by the end of 2015, the BCW contains over 32,000 pages, 118,000 photos, 6,000 music files, and 3,700 PDF files.
The BCW is definitely the most popular site dedicated to J.S. Bach and his music and amongst the most popular sites dedicated to Classical Music in general.
The BCW has each day about 12-15,000 visits, from about 15-17,000 users, who see about 50,000-70,000 pages.
The BCW is rated very high in Google and other search engines, and there are over 400,000 links from other websites to the BCW (including, for example, over 8,800 links from Wikipedia and over 1,800 from YouTube)

There have been many improvements & additions to the BCW last year. See: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Topics/Newsletter-2015.htm

As the creator of the BCW, not to me to testify for the value it has to the users. I know that it is extensively used by the academic community, by performers and by classical music fans around the world. The number of visits and the feedback I am getting continuously encourage me to continue, expanding, updating and improving the BCW. Many of the feedback messages from last year can be read at the page: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Topics/About-2015.htm

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the numerous contributors to the discussions in the Bach Mailing Lists and some other lists, whose messages are compiled into the pages of the BCW. Their names are mentioned accordingly above each quoted message. I would also like to thank the many Bach lovers around the world who have sent me material to be included in the BCW, such as articles, translation of cantata texts, recording details, biographies, photos, music examples, links to other sites, etc. Their names are mentioned accordingly in the relevant pages.

I continue to look forward to receiving your comments (corrections, suggestions, improvements, etc.) about the BCW. The instructions how to send me comments, appear in the following page: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/How.htm

I wish you all another Great and Happy Bach Year!

Ed Myskowski wrote (January 5, 2016):
[To Aryeh Oron] Congratulations! Boston's Cantata Singers group has in the past used the motto "Setting the Standard". That is precisely what BCW is to internet communications (and archiving them).

Marius Coomans wrote (January 9, 2016):
[To Aryeh Oron] The loneliness of the long distance runner...
Congratulation on your website, your persistence and commitment to quality.
Well done, mate (as they might say around here).

David McKay wrote (January 9, 2016):
[To Marius Coomans] Now that name is a blast from the past. We used to live around the corner from Marius. Our sons played together. David informs me that Marius has an interest in the intriguing Glenn Gould.
I echo Mr Coomans' congratulations. This is a wonderful repository of Bach-related wonders.

 

Cantata BWV 190 - Revised & updated Discography

Aryeh Oron wrote (January 4, 2016):
The discography pages of Cantata BWV 190 "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied!" (Sing to the Lord a new song!) for the New Year's Day [Circumcision of Christ, Holy Name] on the BCW have been revised and updated.
The cantata is scored for alto, tenor & bass soloists; 4-part chorus; and orchestra of 3 trumpets, timpani, 3 oboes, oboe d'amore, bassoon, 2 violins, viola & continuo. See:
Complete Recordings (11): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV190.htm
Recordings of Individual Movements (6): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV190-2.htm
The revised discography includes many listening/watching options to recordings directly from the discography pages, just below the recording details.

I also put at the BCW Home Page: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/
2 audios and 2 videos of the cantata. A short description below the audio/video image is linked to the full details at the discography pages.

I believe this is the most comprehensive discography of this cantata. If you are aware of a recording of BWV 190 missing from these pages, or want to correct/add details of a recording already presented on the BCW, please do not hesitate to inform me.
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You can also read on the BCW the recent discussion of the cantata in the BCML (4th round): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV190-D6.htm

Happy New Year!

 

Cantata BWV 153 - Revised & updated Discography

Aryeh Oron wrote (January 10, 2016):
The discography pages of Cantata BWV 153 "Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind" (Behold, dear God, how my enemies) for the Sunday after New Year [2nd Sunday after Christmas Day] on the BCW have been revised and updated.
The cantata is scored for alto, tenor & bass soloists; 4-part chorus; and orchestra of 2 violins, viola & continuo. See:
Complete Recordings (15): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV153.htm
Recordings of Individual Movements (2): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV153-2.htm
The revised discography includes many listening/watching options to recordings directly from the discography pages, just below the recording details.

I also put at the BCW Home Page: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/
2 audios and 2 videos of the cantata. A short description below the audio/video image is linked to the full details at the discography pages.

I believe this is the most comprehensive discography of this cantata. If you are aware of a recording of BWV 153 missing from these pages, or want to correct/add details of a recording already presented on the BCW, please do not hesitate to inform me.

You can also read on the BCW the recent discussion of the cantata in the BCML (4th round): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV153-D4.htm

 

BCW: French Commentaries - 3rd Edition

Aryeh Oron wrote (January 12, 2016):
Claude Role has just finished the 3rd version of his French commentaries of J.S. Bach's Sacred Cantatas BWV 1-200.
Claude Role wrote:
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Dear Aryeh

With the BWV 200, is the end of my contribution to the BCW. I wish it will be possible to proceed for some corrections and "ajouts", here and there. It's OK ?
I am very glad to have contribute to the BCW, since many years. My friend Gilles Cantagrel recently tells to me : The BCW is the best Website in the World. It is also my opinion ! Friendly to the team and to you. Thanks ! (mille merci !)

Claude Role
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The French Commentaries are linked from the Index to Commentaries: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Guide/index.htm [Column: Fre]
and from the main cantata pages on the BCW [Details box: Commentaries line]

 

Cantata BWV 65 - Revised & updated Discography

Aryeh Oron wrote (January 13, 2016):
The discography pages of Cantata BWV 65 "Sie Werden aus Saba alle kommen" (They will all come from Sheba) for the Feast of Epiphany on the BCW have been revised and updated.
The cantata is scored for tenor & bass soloists; 4-part chorus; and orchestra of 2 horn, 2 recorders, 2 oboes da caccia, 2 violins, viola & continuo. See:
Complete Recordings (23): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV65.htm
Recordings of Individual Movements (15): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV65-2.htm
The revised discography includes many listening/watching options to recordings directly from the discography pages, just below the recording details.

I also put at the BCW Home Page: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/
2 audios and 2 videos of the cantata. A short description below the audio/video image is linked to the full details at the discography pages.

I believe this is the most comprehensive discography of this cantata. If you are aware of a recording of BWV 65 missing from these pages, or want to correct/add details of a recording already presented on the BCW, please do not hesitate to inform me.

You can also read on the BCW the recent discussion of the cantata in the BCML (4th round): http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV65-D4.htm

 

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