Primephonic has the largest catalogue of recorded classical music, but that is of little use if the search engine is not well-equipped. Our search engine, however, has been designed for classical music. In this article, we provide more information on our catalogue structure and give some tips on how to browse our catalogue effectively.
How to use the search bar effectively
The search bar can be located by tapping in the Primephonic app in the menu at the bottom of the screen on Search. The search bar can then be located at the top of the screen. On our web-player https://play.primephonic.com/, you can find the search bar immediately in the top right corner of the screen.
Let's enter a simple search term into the search bar. We will use Bruckner as an example. The search results are very general, but you will be able to spot different layers in the search results:
- Composers: here you can navigate to Bruckner's overview page where all his compositions are gathered.
- Artists: this category contains artists/ensembles with a name matching the search term. In this case, there are two artists/ensembles with Bruckner in the name.
- Works: contains some overview pages of Bruckner's compositions. Navigate here if you want a full overview of all available recordings of a specific composition.
- Playlists: if there are any playlists matching your search term, it will be available here.
- Albums: you can find immediately some albums matching your search term here.
- Tracks: at the bottom, you can find loose tracks matching your search term. This is only useful if your search results only triggered a few results.
Note that it goes from very general (a composer's overview page) to very specific (an album and ultimately a track). It depends on what you are looking for which of the categories helps you out the best. Often it is very helpful to narrow the search results down by entering more words. Enter f.i. Bruckner Symphony 9 into the search bar. The results are narrowed down massively. The results in the Works category are much more precise, and also the Albums category contains much more relevant material. You can click directly on an album of your interest, or you can first go under Works to the overview page where all recordings of Bruckner's 9th symphony are gathered.
But the search results can be narrowed down even further. Let's try to enter Bruckner Symphony 9 Barenboim into the search bar. Only four albums are left: 2 recordings in which Daniel Barenboim conducts this symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker, 1 recording with the Staatskapelle Berlin, and 1 recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
It depends on what you are looking for which category delivers you the best results, but generally, we recommend to play a bit with your search terms if you can't find something immediately. We also recommend visiting the overview page of a composition which you can find under Works or via a composer page. It makes it easy to quickly find many recordings of the composition you are looking for and to compare them.
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Exploring via the Search page
The Search page in the app (Browse in the web-player) contains quite some categories that are suited for exploring:
- Composers: you can look for a specific composer and go to the overview page of the composer where all compositions are gathered. You can also sort composers by alphabetical order, popularity, and date of birth.
- Conductors: you can look for a specific conductor and browse through all available albums with the conductor.
- Ensembles: this works similarly, you can browse through all available albums of your favourite orchestra or ensemble.
- Soloists: similar to Conductors and Ensembles, you can find an overview of all available recordings of a specific soloist.
- Playlist: our team of curators made many playlists which can be a starting point for exploring. The sub-categories also contain podcasts and interviews with established performers and conductors.
- Browse by genre: this enables you to browse for music of a certain genre, such as Orchestral music, Chamber music or Film music. After selecting a genre you can select a composer, or browse immediately for well-known works in that category.
You can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish any help navigating our platform.