Advanced search is accessed by following the link beneath the search box in the top-right of the screen, or by clicking on the "Search" tab. It has several advantages over the basic search which you may want to use if your initial search produces too many results, too few results or doesn't show you what you're looking for.

Limiting Results

Typing in more than one search term into the Basic Search box will give you all the works associated to all the terms.  The more of your terms a work contains, the higher up the list it will be, but nonetheless if you want to eliminate unnecessary search results then an Advanced Search is the way to do it.  The default setting for Advanced Searches is to look for works which contain all your search terms; for more about this see Boolean Logic.

Specifying a Field

Let's imagine you want to find recordings with Trevor Pinnock as a conductor.  If you type "Pinnock" into the Basic Search box you will get back results which include Trevor Pinnock conducting and also as a performer on keyboard instruments.  In the Advanced Search, you can type "Pinnock" into any one of the available boxes and select "Condutor" from the adjoining drop-down menu.  This will ensure that your search returns only recordings with Pinnock as the conductor.

Increasing Search Speed

While we pride ourselves on the speed and ease of use of our search engine, there's no escaping the fact that our databases contain an immense amount of data to sift through.  Any Basic Search containing the word "Bach" will return over 4,000 tracks by J. S. Bach, not to mention his extended family!  The more information you give us, the less time we have to spend returning large numbers of results.

Selecting from a Field

If you're not sure how to spell, say, "Szymanowski", certain fields allow you to look through our database for the composer, performer or other criterion you need.  While our search facility accepts different spellings of names and terms which are frequently spelt in different ways (such as "Tchaikovsky"), we can't allow for every eventuality. 

Choosing from a list also allows you to search exclusively for a term which might easily be confused with another; for example, if you want to search specifically for Leopold Mozart, selecting him from our list will mean that your search won't return any works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a result of their shared surname.