To find music, type a few descriptive words in the search box. You can use any identifying word that might appear on a CD or DVD's description page - labels, ensembles, conductors, performers, composers, work titles, recording dates, opus numbers, disc titles, and UPC codes can all be used to zero in on the disc(s) you're looking for.
The following tips apply to most of the searches you might want to perform. Just remember that the most useful rule of thumb is that there are no rules! Everybody has their own search style, and what works for some may not work for others. We've found that the tips below work most often for us.
Use last names instead of first names.
There are a few exceptions to this; for example, a search for Sutherland will bring up discs with the soprano Joan Sutherland, the composer Margaret Sutherland, and the conductor Gavin Sutherland. If you're only looking for La Stupenda's recordings, search for both her first and last names.
Use singular words instead of plural words.
The singular forms of work titles ("symphony", "quartet", "trio", etc.) show up more often in item descriptions than the plural forms ("symphonies", "quartets", "trios", etc.). This suggestion even holds true if you want to browse through a selection of discs.
Use Schubert Quartet Takacs instead of Schubert Quartets Takacs.
Use Mahler Symphony Bernstein instead of Mahler Symphonies Bernstein.
Note that this rule doesn't apply when you're looking for collections of the same type of work. For example, to search for Beethoven symphony collections you might type Beethoven Symphonies or Beethoven complete Symphonies.
You can often omit words from work titles.
A search for Mahler Symphony 6 Bernstein and Mahler 6 Bernstein yields nearly identical results. When searching by work title, the numbers are usually more important than the words!
Start with a small number of keywords.
You'd be surprised at how often you can find exactly what you're looking for using only two or three words. If there are too many results, you can always narrow the list down by adding another word to your search.
To browse a selection of discs, use one or two words.
If you have some idea of what you want but don't yet have a specific disc in mind, type in one or two words to see what we have available.