Best Hits for Blog Posts, Traffic Stats

I thought my regular readers (and perhaps some new ones) would like to see how my blog is growing. About a year or so ago I posted a similar article in which I listed the articles and reviews that had received 20 or more hits, but now I’ve raised the bar. Since I’m getting much more traffic, here is a list of the posts that have received 50 or more hits, starting with the very first:

Wagner öhne wackelt – 361
The HIP Movement in Classical Music – 1,042
Alice Babs: An Appreciation – 114
Carl Orff’s Forgotten Opera – 116
Tiny Parham: The Jogo Rhythm Man – 57
Clifford Brown: The Bach of Jazz – 473
Nadia Reisenberg’s Mozart Concertos – 50
The Boogie Woogie Harpsichord of Company B – 82
Irish Girl Got the Blues – 113
Reassessing Feodor Chaliapin – 115
Dizzy’s Swinging Bands – 65
Dreams Are Nothing More Than Wishes – 163
The Mercurial Talent of Shura Cherkassky – 275
Jabbo Smith: A Study in Stubbornness – 130
Tara Helen O’Connor’s Versatile Flute – 73
A Stunning New “Rodelinda” – 50
The Greatest Soloist in the History of Jazz – 306
Piano Four Hands: Paolo & Stephanie – 186
The Great Klaus Tennstedt – 387
A Love Letter to the Boswell Sisters – 278
Two Superb Reissues by Crazy Cathy – 65
Luciano Berio’s Finale to “Turandot” – 227
Scott Wheeler’s Kaleidoscopic Piano Vignettes – 55
Henry Threadgill, Master of Musical Mosaics – 73
New Munch Reissue Flawed But Interesting – 84
The Other Side of Charles Munch – 130
Rilling’s Last Bach “Mass in B Minor” The Best – 676
Bill Evans’ “Loose Blues” Out Again on CD – 90
Bill Evans’ Lost Session Released at Last – 53
Rhorer’s “Abduction” Lively But Flawed – 55
Coltrane’s 60 Giant Steps Towards a New Jazz Style – 65
Giulini’s Venerable “Iphigénie en Tauride” a Gem – 74
Remembering Leif Segerstam in the 1970s – 631
The New Busch Trio Nails Dvořák – 63
Leon Russell, the Neglected Genius – 1,168
Frank Martin’s “Dance of Death” a Strange, Moving Work – 86
Bartók Plays Bartók: Listen, and Learn – 55
Gluzman Makes Love to Prokofiev – 71
The Pioneer of Jazz Guitar – 80
The Tender Flower of Jazz – 1,089
The Greatest Countertenor of Them All – 1,189
Quartetto Energie Nove Nails Janáček – 641
Aksel Rykkvin an Excellent Boy Treble – 441
The Legendary Wanda Landowska – 308
Ivanov’s “Dream Images” a State of Subconscious – 54
Chabrier’s “L’Etoile” An Unlucky Star – 58
Berl Senofsky Astounds in Newly-Released Recital – 71
Traveling East-West With the Janczarski-McCraven Quintet – 95
More Than Meets the Ear in Katz’ “Jailhouse Doc” – 198
The Belcea Quartet Digs Brahms! – 104
Biondi Makes Magic of Telemann – 64
Abrazo: The Havana Sessions Produce Fine Music – 62
Beekman’s Well-Crafted New CD – 58
Tindall’s Tuba Thrills in “Transformations” – 156
Weinberg’s 17th Symphony in a Great New Recording – 95
Gielen’s Brahms Insightful and Exciting – 89
Schnabel Shakes Up Books, Bottles & Bamboo in New CD – 81
Serkin’s Beethoven Concertos Top a Crowded Field – 77
Erwin Scholhoff’s Jazz-Based Piano Fantasies – 225
Mark Kaplan Pierces the Heart of Bach – 377
Eubie Blake’s “Shuffle Along” – 124
Mark Murphy’s Last Live Recording a Gem – 94
Fredrik Ullén’s Sorabji Project Continues – 106
Quincy Jones’ Orchestra Sizzles – 79
First Installment of the Michael Gielen Edition – 213
Shapiro’s Schubert a Labor of Love – 107
Danny Bacher: A Swinger From Way Back – 94
Laurin, Paradiso and Marinčič Bring the French Baroque to Life – 63
Stan Kenton’s Neglected Masterpiece – 57
Regietheater, the Ruination of Opera – 1,808
The Amazing Bertons, Part 1: Ralph – 53
The Amazing Bertons, Part 2: Eugene – 132
Klára Takács’ Recital Reissue a Gem – 121
Maria Divina, Regina dell’Opera – 73
Holliger Completes His Schumann Series – 69
Colin Davis’ “Oedipus Rex” One More Reason to Hate Record Companies – 131
Alchemy Sound Project Goes Metaphysical – 125
Discovering Lucille Udovich – 147
Dunér’s “Dizzy” is a Whirlwind of Creativity – 518
Clotilde Rullaud Morphs Into “Madeleine et Salomon” – 60
Maria Granillo’s Simple But Elegant Music – 58
Matt Wilson Honors His Wife in New Album – 60
A Sizzling “Penthesilea” from Martha Mödl & Co. – 104
Orledge’s Debussy Operas on CD at Last – 147
Kris Allen’s “Beloved” Understated, Subtle Jazz – 53
Erkin’s Little-Known Music a Wow – 203
Joey Alexander’s “Countdown” – 104
Toscanini the Composer – 133
Arthur Lourié’s Impressionist Musical Journey – 106
Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas Unusual, Moving – 88
Fairouz’ “Zabur” Moving, Stunning Music – 217
Red Garland and John Coltrane in a Rare Session – 116
Django – 70
Baker’s Final Testament: The Art of Jazz Solos – 261
Gutiérrez’ Strong, Understated Chopin and Schumann – 71
Libretto for Chabrier’s “L’Etoile” Now Available! – 514
Pianist Sasaki Tackles Clara Schuman – 175
Cruz-Romo, the Great Verdian, on CD at Last – 84
George Antheil, the Madman of Music – 54
Milhaud’s Early and Late String Sonatas Surprise – 53
No Joke! “The Polish Wedding” Will Knock Your Socks Off! – 94
The Great Leonard Rose Rises to the Occasion – 111
A New and Fascinating Berberian Recital – 54
C.P.E. Bach’s Organ Music Wild, Scintillating – 137
Schulhoff’s Strange, Moody Violin Music – 125
Dorothy Donegan: A Study in Frustration – 281
Yondani Butt’s Very Good Beethoven – 115
Reassessing Paderewski, Wizard of the Keyboard – 88
Ohlsson’s Mindblowing Scriabin – 152
Hating On Benny – 65
Take This Music—For Free – 69
“Greetings, Music Lovers…And the Rest of You, Too!” – 93
Björling’s and Tebaldi’s Neglected “Cavalleria” Reissued – 253
Two Short Martinů Operas Reissued – 62
The Amazing Fats Waller – 75
Fischer’s Mahler Seventh a Solid Performance – 59
Gielen Edition Vol. 4 a Mixed Bag – 160
Finley’s Sibelius Tribute Fascinating and Deeply-Felt – 126
Josh Green’s Debut Album Really Hops! – 144
Krainev & Kitayenko Explode in Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos – 144
“hat trick” Weaves a Spell on Listeners – 96
Sidney Jacobs’ Second CD Interesting and Stylish – 85
Warner Classics Releases an Important Menuhin Set – 74
Sommer’s “Rübezahl” a Lively Wagnerian Comedy – 74
Kick-Butt Brahms From Vladar, Kouzmanova-Vladar & Amara – 112
Mayer’s “Dhammapada” Still Vibrant After 40 Years – 59
Vivaldi’s Cello Concertos Jump and Jive With Fishman – 54
Hughes’ “Dream Keeper” Blends Jazz and Poetry – 170
Carsten Dahl Takes You on a Head Trip – 259
Fricker’s String Quartets Moody, Dense – 117
Carollo’s Music Intense, Deceptively Creative – 91
Almeida Prado’s Mindblowing Piano Universe – 55
Jihye Lee: A Name to Watch in Jazz – 102
Tucker’s Great “La Juive” Reissued At Last – 184
Fernández Explores the Evolution of Scriabin’s Preludes – 57
Jiří Kylián: The Master Choreographer – 108
Korstick Digs Into Ginastera – 76
Zych’s “Alice” Fantastic, Imaginative, Enigmatic – 138
Méhul’s “Uthal” a Fascinating Dramatic Opera – 74
Garrido’s Stunning Monteverdi Operas & Vespers – 340
Hindemith’s String Quartets Played by Amar – 55
Rosbaud’s “Moses und Aron” a Mixed Bag – 118
Andrew Davis Cracks Open the Ives Fourth – 120
Temianka and Shure Rip Through the Beethoven Sonatas – 69
Griffes’ Piano Music Revisited by Torquati – 57
Tianwa Yang’s Ysaÿe Sonatas Are the Best – 117
Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas Given a New Interpretation – 116
Krupa’s Last Recorded Performance a Gem – 138
Kamus Has Fun With Finnish String Quartets – 69
R.I.P. Lonie Levister – 146
New Richter Release of Live Schumann – 50
Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” Gets Sparkling New Reading – 59
Penetrating the Dark Musical Mind of Roslavets – 102
Tansman’s Ballets Beautifully Performed in New Release – 91
Walton’s “Façade” In A Lively New Reading – 222
Fricsay’s “Samson” Deeply Moving – 69
The Altius Quartet Jumps from Haydn to Hip-Hop – 103
Blecha-Wells & Kim Revel in Martinů’s “Small Storms” – 73
Hindemith’s “Das Marienleben” in a Great New Recording – 293
Dvořák’s “Spectre’s Bride” a Surprisingly Great Dramatic Work – 71
Why did Arturo Toscanini Come to NBC? – 154
NBC Symphony Myths Debunked – 81
Weinberg’s Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 7 – 131
Ehnes Plays Beautiful Bach – 50
Reassessing Massenet’s “Le Cid” – 132
Tina Raymond’s “Left Right Left” a Wild Ride – 85
Mari Nobre’s “Live and Alive” a Hip Album – 56
Alex Goodman Surprises on New Release – 55
The Death of “True” French Style and its Impact – 50
Knussen’s Great New Recording of “The Soldier’s Tale” – 109
McCarthy Blends Jazz With Civil War Music – 57
Fumio Yasuda Digs Satie! – 92
Surprising New Recording of Saint-Saëns’ Rare Opera – 186
Michael Gielen Tears Up Bartók & Stravinsky – 79
The Strange Musical Mind of Piotr Szewczyk – 51
Gregory Mertl’s Music Dynamic, Humorous – 72
Molly Kien’s Music Fluid, Moving – 84
Getting to the Heart of Paganini – 56
Fascinating Songs by a Singing Legend – 52
Monk’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Released at Last – 116
Bill Cunliffe’s “BACHanalia” a Fun Ride – 88
Natalia Trull Digs Into Prokofiev! – 282
Getting Into the Heart of Pauline Viardot – 217
Barab’s “Red Riding Hood” a Laugh Riot – 162
Stephanie & Saar Make “The Art of Fugue” Enjoyable! – 208
Koukl Presents Vol. 2 of Lourié’s Piano Works – 58
Anna Kokits Plays Toch – 61
Laura Campisi’s Debut Album Fascinating – 50
Happy 100th Birthday, Inge Borkh! – 173
Harriet Mackenzie’s Wonderland of New Works – 99
Dominic John’s “24+1” a Great Trip – 103
Ponce’s Piano Music Brought to Life by Cendoya – 106
O Sister! Stompin’ Down the Boswells Path – 90
Exploring Tansman’s Folk-Influenced Piano Music – 76
Hausegger’s Amazing Orchestral Works Exhumed – 59
Muczynski’s Chamber Music Brilliantly Played – 98
Alice Coote Fabulous in Mahler Song Cycles – 342
Kegel’s Great “Carl Orff Edition” Reissued – 120
Rodziński Conducts 20th Century Music – 56
Sarah Maria Sun Dazzles in Modern Recital – 68
Harberg & Wolpert’s Viola Concertos – 149
Neunecker’s Strauss Will Blow You Away – 53
Forgotten Jazz Orchestras: Sam Donahue’s Navy Band – 144
Paul Chihara’s Whimsical Music – 62
Peter Seabourne’s Fascinating Piano Mosaics – 59
Honegger’s “Judith” a Great Find! – 62
Exploring the Musical World of Peter Seabourne – 91
The Thibaud String Trio Plays Milhaud & Martinů – 62
Contrasting Styles in Schoenberg’s Quartets – 113
An Interview with Aruán Ortiz – 110
The Anna Lundqvist Quintet Gets Hot! – 247
Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” a Great Tribute to Carl Sandburg – 124
Violinist-Composer Peter Hristoskov: A Retrospective – 57
Katie Thiroux’s “Off Beat” Provides Pleasant Jazz – 56
Josh Nelson’s “The Sky Remains” Mostly Brilliant – 91
New Recording of Szymanowski’s Violin-Piano Works – 51
Nick Photinos’ Interesting “Petits Artéfacts” – 51
Lakatos & Lagrène’s Tribute to Grappelli & Reinhardt – 57
Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonatas Smolder Under Weintraub – 52
George Lloyd’s Surprisingly Good Symphonies – 56
Gielen’s Masterful Mahler Reissued – 330
Steve Rouse’s Wonderful Musical Fantasies – 56
A Potpourri of Pieces for Orchestra and Large Ensembles – 79
Guitarist Rez Abbasi’s “Unfiltered Universe” a Gem! – 51
Johnny Dankworth’s ‘50s Band Cooks in New Reissue – 64
The UK Jazz Ensemble Burns Its Way on Tour – 69
Chasing Bix, the Introverted Enigma – 147
Jonathan Nichol Plays Modern Sax Music – 54
Astronio Makes W.F. Bach’s Keyboard Works Come Alive – 100
Daniel Behle Nostalgic for Tenor Bonbons! – 73
Collins’ Violin Works Lyrical, Original, Haunting – 207
Carn-Davidson 9’s Fascinating New Album – 80
Meister Masters Martinů – 194
Nissen’s “Departures” an Interesting Experiment – 51
Brian Symphonies Played Brilliantly by Alexander Walker – 67
A Cornucopia of Koechlin on SWR Music – 111
A Rare CD from Pianist Jack Reilly – 75
A Koechlin Cornucopia, Part 2 – 63
Griller’s Orchestral Music Dazzling, Brilliant – 92
The Nick Maclean Quartet Breaks Through – 86
Duo Perfetto Digs Kapustin’s Cello Music – 73
Eric Wyatt Looks to the Sky in New Release – 157
Lalo Schifrin Flashes His Classical Side – 103
George Crumb’s Vol. 18 Fantastic Music! – 73
Nørgård’s Early Piano Pieces Released – 66
Discovering Pierre d’Assy – 188
Fonnesbæk & Kauflin Plunge Into the Jazz Abyss – 134
Martin Salemi Has Short Stories to Tell – 90
Liebman-Murley Quartet’s Live Set Released – 75
Poulenc’s Complete Chamber Music Released – 81
Yoncheva’s “Norma” a Mixed Bag – 67
Thierry Fischer’s Mind-Boggling Mahler Eighth – 87
An Abundance of Alkan! – 176
Quattro Mani Play Re-Structures – 77
Y2’s Scintillating Mendelssohn & Kapustin – 73
Discovering Ben Goldscheider’s Golden Horn – 276
Re-Evaluating Toscanini’s 1940 “Missa Solemnis” – 124
Paús’ Music Played Well by Fernández – 155
The Strange Cello Music of Giacinto Scelsi – 152
Rebekah Heller’s Strange Bassoon Adventure – 185
Alberto Bologni Makes “Dedications” in New Pieces – 215
Miguel Baselga’s Albéniz Adventure – 63
Osland’s UK Musicians Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rhythm Section – 65
Mantas Completes Schumann’s Fourth Sonata – 83
Lively Performances of Couperin’s “Les Concerts Royaux” – 86
Korstick’s Wide-Awake Debussy, Vol. 5 Released – 83
Julián Carrillo, the Forgotten Genius – 152
Elena Gaponenko’s Astonishing Dual Talents – 160
The Turtle Island Quartet’s “Bird’s Eye View” – 232
Martinů’s Great Early Orchestral Works Recorded – 149
Donatoni’s Strange Chamber Music – 59
Diethelm’s Fascinating Symphonic Works – 59
Exploring Robert Lloyd’s “Boris Godunov” – 73
Scozzesi’s Rich Mezzo a Welcome Surprise – 85
The Jeff Hamilton Trio Swings at San Pedro! – 67
Paolo & Stephanie Return – 91
20th Century “Jewels” Featured on New CD – 50
Bernard’s Stunning New “Rite of Spring” & “Firebird Suite” – 121
New John Carollo Release a Stunner – 68
Stoltzman Terrific in Jazz-Influenced Clarinet Music – 65
Reappraising William Grant Still – 60
Examining Fagerlund’s “Stonework” – 66
Goodman Introduces Feigin’s Piano Works – 115
An Interview with Paolo and Stephanie – 117
Noah Preminger Expresses his “Genuinity” in New CD – 135
Kijanowska Explores Sonatas on New CD – 80
Joanne Tatham Swings on New Release – 53
Edward Downes’ Magnificent “Rienzi” – 86
Erin McDougald Swings Outside the Soirée – 102
A New Vegas Duo: Penn & Jones! – 57
Zuill Bailey Plays Haydn – 144
McClenty Hunter Hunts “Grooves” – 54
Jared Gold’s Reemergence – 64
Daly’s “Titanic” Double Bass Impresses – 68
Look Out…Dave Tull is Texting and Driving! – 118
The Best Jazz Singer You’ve Probably Forgotten – 56
Adrean Farrugia’s “Blued Dharma” – 76
Kondrashin’s Mahler Sixth Released on CD – 74
Rosen & Artymiw Play Mendelssohn – 90
Les Petits Nouveaux Redefines Manouche Jazz – 59
Jungsu Choi, Jazz Composer – 60
Arthur Fagen’s Superb Diamond Performances – 176
Great New Recording of Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers” – 100
Sellin’s Jazz Impressions of Debussy – 51
The Strange Case of James Levine – 432
Oh! MARTHA! – 108
Fauré’s Complete Songs Issued by Atma – 128
Miguel Harth-Bedoya Takes a Different Look at Mussorgsky & Prokofiev – 94
Nilsson’s 1958 “Tristan” Reissued – 175
Gloria Coates’ Microtonal Music – 53
Lili Boulanger’s Fascinating Choral Works Revived – 79
Beverly Beirne Just Wants to Have Fun! – 57
Walker Delves Into Hindemith & Hartmann – 64
Goodbye, Jack Reilly – 85
Roberto Esposito Plays His Own Piano Music – 58
New CD of Crumb’s Piano Music – 55
Duo Odéon and the Specter of George Antheil – 78
Bobby Sanabria Revamps “West Side Story” – 65
Marty Elkins Swings Oldies in New Release – 124
Banse’s “Das Marienleben” Deep, Penetrating – 56
Ismailova Plays Karayev – 102
John Pittman Feels a “Kinship” With His Band – 147
The Best Forgotten Violinist of All Time – 74
Arturo Toscanini, Warts and All – 96
Korstick’s Fascinating Rachmaninov  – 142
Schumann’s String Quartets in a New Recording – 101
The Turning Point Ensemble Opens a Curio Box – 51
Trio Clavio’s Wonderful New Album – 111
Jansons’ Magnificent Schubert Ninth – 81
Lorraine Feather Returns in “Math Camp” – 55
Annie Chen’s Secret Treetop – 63
Hans Winterberg’s Strange But Fascinating Music – 66

As of January 2018, the hits begin dropping in numbers; from that point on, the average high number of hits is about 24. Yet every day when I log in, I see numerous hits for older blog posts: not just the ones from 2016 & ’17, but sometimes posts I uploaded six or eight months ago. Unlike a hard-copy magazine, people keep coming back to my blog and discovering things that interest them. Even my first eight or ten posts, much to my surprise, keep getting hits.

In addition, most of this year’s posts that have gotten fairly high hit numbers are reposted by the artists themselves on Facebook, Twitter, or their professional websites. This helps as well, because not only do these readers come to my site to read these specific reviews, they eventually peruse the list and explore other posts.

As for my daily traffic, it varies (as do most sites) depending on the season and the weather. August is always a slow month for me, probably because many people are on vacation during that month (something I was only able to do once in my entire working life) and/or feeling too lethargic to come to my site. Nonetheless, it has been increasing steadily. Two years ago I was averaging about 50 visitors per day and roughly 75 views. Now I’m averaging about 112 visitors and 150 views per day, often peaking much higher during the week:

blog stats 11-17-2018

Anyway, I hope you find this of interest. Considering the fact that I take no advertising, nor do I plug the site anywhere myself, I think I’ve grown pretty well!

—Lynn René Bayley

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One thought on “Best Hits for Blog Posts, Traffic Stats

  1. Nice to see the diversity of your most viewed posts in one place. Some jump at at me to read immediately, but I am short on time today and so am bookmarking this page as a starting point for further reading/discovery.

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