Retrieve Album/CD title using Track Title, Track Artist, Label and Catalog#


#1

I am trying to fill in gaps in a classical music database that is missing the Album/CD title. I have the track title and track artists, Label and Catalog#. Can I use any of that information to retrieve the Album/CD title in the MusicBrainz database?
Thanks for helping :slight_smile:
-Richard


The "When is it a soundtrack / when is it classical?" question
#2

Sure, use the search :wink:

http://musicbrainz.org/search


#3

Im interested, what do you consider to be the ‘track artist’ for a classical release ?


#4

For most Albums/CDs it will be the main artist (soloist) for the disc. In this database i am working with the Artists are listed for each track they perform on. If the Album is a collection of trumpet concertos by different composers the track artist is the trumpet player performing on that track…

-Richard


#5

In case you haven’t seen it, since it’s not very prominent: the search page @outsidecontext linked has a section to search by catalog number. What that does is start an advanced search for releases by catalog number.

That search ignores spaces, so you can do, say, catno:CHAN0644 to find Chandos Chaconne’s CHAN 0644 release. You can also use the label in that search: label:“Chaconne”. For some reason, though, a search of label plus partial catno doesn’t seem to work: “label:“Chaconne” AND catno:0751” finds no results. Maybe @ijabz has some better ideas on how that one could be made to work.


#6

I believe you can use wildcards; it might be necessary when you’re searching multiple things like that. So

label:Chaconne AND catno:CHAN0751*

Works properly for me at least.


#7

Because Musicbrainz sets the composer for track artists for classical, I dont think that is what you want.

https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Style/Classical/Track/Artist

instead they are added to the recordingArtist

https://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Style/Classical/Recording/Artist

a clever workaround, but it really isn’t obvious And causes problems since we dont use TrackArtist/RecordingArtist in these different ways for non-classical releases.