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Tips and tricks on finding the classical recordings you want to hear

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

To help you find a specific 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

  • Go to the composer's dedicated page by searching for their name.

  • Click the tab called "works" and choose the work in question.

  • By filtering for conductors, orchestras, 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 catalog number or opus number is recommended. You can find an index of composer work catalogues here.

4. Additional Search Tips

  • Do have a look at the list of search results. While maybe not up top, the result might 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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