Behind the scenes of the nonprofit Bach Cantatas website

Posted on: March 1, 2021

“ ‘I would be doing this even if I wasn’t getting any feedback,’ says Aryeh Oron, the founder and webmaster of the Bach Cantatas website,” which was launched in 2000, writes Amir Mandel in Wednesday’s (2/24) Haaretz (Israel). “But there has been plenty of feedback, significant feedback, including from leading musicians [including] John Eliot Gardiner, the founder and musical director of the Monveverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, and … Masaaki Suzuki, the conductor of magnificent recordings of all of Bach’s cantatas and passions…. There are between 15,000 to 20,000 hits on the website every day. Musicians, researchers, students and music lovers who are trying to deepen their knowledge of the unparalleled composer. They look for performances to listen to, discuss the various recordings, and learn about the performers. There are also lots of posts to the site.… The website doesn’t have a business model and is not a for-profit enterprise…. ‘I have no musical background,’ Oron explains. ‘At a certain point it bothered me. I felt it was missing. I took private lessons in theory and I learned to play the piano at age 65, which isn’t easy.… Here, what I put on the website has a continuous existence, and it makes a lasting contribution to people.”