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  1. #1

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    tagging classical music problems

    Having only a few classical music CD's I find it hard to tag them properly.

    How would you guys tag a CD like:

    R. Strauss - F. Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Which program is best suited for tagging automatically, if any?

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    Re: tagging classical music problems

    IMHO mp3tag is the best tagging software available.
    Here's an example using Vorbis Comments:

    COMPOSER=Richard Strauss
    COMPOSERSORT=Strauss, Richard
    CONDUCTOR=Fritz Reiner
    CONDUCTORSORT=Reiner, Fritz
    ENSEMBLE=Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    ALBUM=Also sprach Zarathustra
    ALBUMARTIST=Fritz Reiner
    ALBUMARTISTSORT=Reiner, Fritz
    ARTIST=Richard Strauss
    ARTISTSORT=Strauss, Richard
    DATE=19.. (recording year or whole date)
    OPUS=30

    Using the conductor as ALBUMARTIST and the composer as ARTIST is my personal preference.
    Change it to your needs.

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    Re: tagging classical music problems

    Quote Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post
    Having only a few classical music CD's I find it hard to tag them properly.

    How would you guys tag a CD like:

    R. Strauss - F. Reiner - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Also Sprach Zarathustra
    Richard Strauss = Composer
    Strauss, Richard = Composer Sort

    Fritz Reiner = Conductor
    Reiner, Fritz = Conductor Sort

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra = Orchestra

    Also Sprach Zarathustra = Title

    You may also want to look at populating the new Work, Movement Name and Movement Number tags for classical music.

    Quote Originally Posted by dikkiedirk View Post
    Which program is best suited for tagging automatically, if any?
    None are perfect. I normally have to manually edit classical CDs in CDRipper, prior to ripping.

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    Re: tagging classical music problems

    Tagging the Artist and Album Artist tags for classical music is not a perfect science and there are many discussions on the web which try to address this issue.

    Read this thread Album Artist / Artist..? (from post no. 5 onwards) for more info.

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