I have few cd and long time ago I convert them to some wav then aiff file, at that time I’m using iTune to «tag» them.
To listen them I’m using a server with MPD and event it’s not perfect that ok for me.
Recently I do a resampling the all collection of wav file to 192khz and convert them to flac (only because wav don’t have metadata). So now I’m re-input all the metadata to those flac file.
I try to follow the musicbrainz advice for album, title, etc…and find that actual not usable.
Why ? Let’s say I have 10 differents version of «Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”» with different conductor, ensemble and year. If I follow or just extract the metadata from musicbrainz, I’m absolutly unable to use mpd/ncmpc/cantata/ncmpcpp/etc… because those application cannot use all the metadata and don’t have the level of flexibility to choose what I want.
So currently I manually fill the metadata to my 600Go for file so the album would be the «Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral”» for the 10 versions, the title of the track would be just «Allegro ma non troppo» , conductor would be «Wilhelm Furtwängler», Artist would be «Wiener Symphony Orchestra». With those information, I am able to list all my Symphony No. 6 very easily then I can choose the conductor etc…
So because the size of musicbrainz database I’m guessing I should be crazy or missing some part of my brain, I can see how you use to play the music.
From my point of vue the guideline of musicbrainz are focusing on playing by CD (just like old time). Meaning you browse the list of «Album» who can contain the symphony No. 6 and a symphony from Brahms and select the track of the symphony No. 6.
This default of this approach IMHO are you need to know where are each piece on each CD. For example I’ve got the box of 100 cd with all work of Beethoven, with the physical box I can find quite easily where are the symphony No. 6 but with the virtual version and the way musicbrainz put the metadata I find that very difficult to do.
I think I’m missing a big point somewhere…so my question are, what player you’re using to play your classical music.