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How many of Bach's cantatas do you own?

I have them all and am very/reasonably familiar with them all.
4 (7.7%)
I have them all but am not yet familiar with them all / haven't heard them all.
15 (28.8%)
I don't own them all, but I have somewhere around 100 different cantatas.
6 (11.5%)
I have maybe around 50.
2 (3.8%)
I have a small handfull of cantatas.
13 (25%)
I don't own any of Bach's cantatas.
4 (7.7%)
I have all of them in multiple renditions
8 (15.4%)

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« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2022, 12:59:32 PM »
I appreciate reading your impressions of the cantatas as you continue your pilgrimage. 0:)

My written impressions haven't been that long and thorough, but I'm glad you like reading them.  0:)
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« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2022, 01:36:03 PM »
My written impressions haven't been that long and thorough, but I'm glad you like reading them.  0:)

If I want to just ramble along with some cantatas I might use your essentials to guide me.

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« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2022, 02:27:51 PM »
If I want to just ramble along with some cantatas I might use your essentials to guide me.

Cool, but be aware this is the "first round" of essentials. The list will be quite long, perhaps consisting of 50-100 cantatas.
If you want a carefully curated list of top 20 cantatas from me, I am afraid I am not ready to do that for a long time.  :-X
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« Reply #43 on: April 26, 2022, 07:44:38 AM »
BWV 43, 44, 45 & 46

The choral of BWV 43 has an interesting "celtic" feel to it, but it isn't even by Bach, but by Christoph Peter (1626-1689).
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« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2022, 07:48:33 AM »
BWV 47, 48, 49, 50 & 51

Five works this time, because BWV 50 is just a 3-4 minutes long fragment. Clearly, BWV 51 is the "essential" one out of these. Great solo cantata for soprano and an old favorite of mine.  0:)
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« Reply #45 on: April 28, 2022, 07:32:50 AM »
BWV 52, 54, 55 & 56

Among these four solo cantatas the shortest, BVW 54, is my favorite. BVW 56 is also nice enough to be called essential.
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« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2022, 07:16:07 AM »
My favourite is no 60, the one Berg quotes in his violin concerto.

Today's menu was: BWV 57, 58, 59 & 60

BWV 57 is what it is. BWV 58 is "essential" to me, while the similar "Soprano-Bass duetto cantata" BWV 59 is less successful. As for the BWV 60 goes, it is definitely "essential." The arias, especially the first one are strong.
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« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2022, 07:31:06 AM »
BWV 61, 62, 63 & 64

BWV 61 has always been one of my favourites (The Bass recitative is so magical!). Also BVW 63 is a strong cantata. The even-numbered cantatas are less impressive in comparison.
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« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2022, 01:09:50 PM »
Can't wait for BWV 65! That's so far my favorite Bach cantata.

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« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2022, 08:14:19 AM »
Can't wait for BWV 65! That's so far my favorite Bach cantata.

BWV 65, 66, 67 & 68

Unfortunately none of these cantatas impressed me to the point of making them feel "essential."  :P
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« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2022, 08:08:01 AM »
BWV 69, 69a, 70 & 71

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« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2022, 09:39:56 AM »
BWV 72, 73 & 74

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« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2022, 09:58:26 AM »
BWV 72, 73 & 74

I was able to listen to only 3 cantatas today because I had to go to the post office for the BIS package. BWV 73 is my favorite of these...

Awesome!  Glad your package finally came in!

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« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2022, 10:26:05 AM »
Awesome!  Glad your package finally came in!

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« Reply #54 on: May 03, 2022, 01:18:02 PM »
Listened to no 104 a couple of times this week. A superb work, containing one of his most beautiful arias (for bass).

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« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2022, 05:51:38 AM »
Listened to no 104 a couple of times this week. A superb work, containing one of his most beautiful arias (for bass).

I look forward to hearing BWV 104 in the near future (before June I hope). Today I listened to BVW 75, which I didn't have time to listen to yesterday. It is a good cantata. Now I will slow down with the Bach cantatas, because I have the BIS discs (Bruhns, Bartók, Silvestrov & R. Strauss) to listen to...  0:)
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« Reply #56 on: May 05, 2022, 07:34:36 AM »
BWV 76 & 77

Neither of these two feel an essential cantata among the works of J. S. Bach.
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« Reply #57 on: May 06, 2022, 08:19:10 AM »
BWV 78, 79, 80 & 81

Trying to get back to the 4 cantatas per day schedule. This was a nice bunch. BWV 78 and BWV 81 have an operatic/secular feel, while BWV 79 sounds interesting and BWV 80 is one of my all time favorites.

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« Reply #58 on: May 06, 2022, 10:43:41 AM »
BWV 78, 79, 80 & 81

Trying to get back to the 4 cantatas per day schedule. This was a nice bunch. BWV 78 and BWV 81 have an operatic/secular feel, while BWV 79 sounds interesting and BWV 80 is one of my all time favorites.

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« Reply #59 on: May 07, 2022, 08:03:43 AM »
Keep ‘em coming, Poju !  :)

BWV 82, 83, 84 & 85

BWV 82 is of course the best of these four. I listened to the soprano version in E minor, because the bass version in C minor is so common. I also liked BWV 85 a lot, while BWV 83 and BWV 84 were less impressive in between.   

Talking about BWV 82, I thought I was going crazy seeing BIS call it "Ich habe genung" because I remembered it being "Ich habe genug." Apparently both versions are correct and "genung" is just older form of the word.
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