Anyone who ever searched for classical music on major streaming knows that the current situation is far from ideal. Today I decidde to try one of those services that specialise on classical music, in my case it was IDAGIO.
I enjoyed so much the way they organised browsing the library that I decided to document the experience on the iPhone.
1. Here is the main page, organised in 4 areas:
2. Let’s focus on the Browse tab. There is a search field, plus quite a few lists sorting by
3. Let’s choose a composer. Why not the incomparable Anton Bruckner? Here is his page. Now we can browse all his compositions organised by:
4. This is getting interesting. All works by Bruckner neatly listed! And for him we can choose, beyond “all kinds”:
– Sacred Vocal
– Secular Vocal
5. The Orchestrals work by Bruckner!
We scroll down towards our favorite symphonies and… the ‘Romantic’ is listed by its three different versions!
5. Now we have a listing of all available records of the ‘Romantic’ (Version 1887-1888)!
6. We can filter them by Ensembles or Conductors:
Did you know that Idagio offers 26 recordings of the Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony (Version 1887-1888)? Now you do.
7. This is really cool: we can sort the recordings by:
– Date of release
– Date added to the service
8. Here they are, recordings sorted by popularity. You don’t have to “agree” with this popularity rating, but I think is a great starting point.
9. This is screen for a particular recording:
10. Finally, for curiosity. This is the album where the recording comes from.
And here we are, the end of our browsing journey, where we chose Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 ‘Romantic’ (Version 1887-1888), with Sergiu Celibidache and the Münchner Philarmoniker. According to the screenshots, the entire browsing took less than three minutes.
11. P.S.: the album page has a second screen, for additional information. For this recording there is only a release date.
12. But for other albums there is a brief description, and icon on the right that opens the full scanned booklet of liner notes: