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Tips and tricks to find the Classical recording you want to hear

Lukas Lachnit avatar
Written by Lukas Lachnit
Updated over a week ago

First, it is important to know how we organise our catalogue.

A Recording is a specific recording of a Work by a Composer, featuring certain Artists.

Often, recordings have multiply tracks, e.g. different movements of Work, and can be found on one, or sometimes more Albums.

Albums in turn are usually a collection of different recordings of different works. Playlists are curated from Recordings across our catalogue.

Here is the catch: On IDAGIO, you can compare different Recordings for the same Work.

To help you find the recording of a work you are looking for, please consider these recommendations:

1. Using the Composer’s last name, Opus Number, and Soloist/Orchestra/Conductor Format:

  • For optimal search results, try using the format "composer + (instrument) + opus number + soloist/orchestra/conductor."
    This format allows you to find specific recordings or performances using the search bar.

  • Please note that due to our extensive catalog, the desired result may not be the first one displayed. Thus, it is good to first go to the work page, of the piece of music you want to listen to.

2. Directly Accessing the Composer's Page

  • To make full use of the available filter options, we recommend visiting the composer's dedicated page.

  • Select the work you would like to listen to from the filter side bar

  • By filtering for musicians, epochs, and other criteria, you can narrow down your search and find the exact recording you are looking for.

3. Search Examples and Suggestions:

  • Instead of generic searches like "op. 7," try searching for more precise terms. For example, if you're looking for Beethoven's "Piano Sonata No. 4," search for "Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 4" to find the work immediately.

  • Avoid searching for collections like "Wagner Ring complete", as the individual operas are typically treated as separate works. Instead, search for specific works by name or opus number, or search for Composer and Orchestra, e.g. to find the albums you are looking for.

  • For works by composers which are catalogued searching by opus number is recommended.

4. Additional Search Tips

  • Do have a look at the list of search results. While maybe not up top, the result should be in there.

  • To enhance your search results, consider using more precise search terms and experimenting with different wordings.

  • If an initial search doesn't lead to the music you are looking for, try a different variation, or better yet, go via the composer and utilise the available filters, as mentioned earlier.

Do not hesitate to get in touch via, if you are struggling to find the music you are looking for. Have fun exploring IDAGIO!

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