SEARCHING HELP: SEARCH RESULTS

Search results are arranged in order or relevance to your search terms. The most relevant result will be first.

Exact and partial matches

Results that are relevant to all of your search terms are called 'Exact Matches'. Results that are only relevant to some of your search terms are called 'Partial Matches'. If you choose Boolean 'AND' logic on the advanced search form, then you will only see exact match results. If you select Boolean 'OR' logic on the advanced search form (or use the Basic Search), then your result set will contain both exact and partial matches.

Searching for 'tracks'

When you use our search engine you are searching for recorded tracks. In most cases there is one track for every movement of a classical work. In the case of a four movement symphony, for example, there would normally be four recorded tracks, one movement per track.

Search results are grouped by work where the individual recorded tracks of that work have the same relevance. If you search using the name of the work, its opus number, composer or genre, then you will see whole works as results. If you search for a specific movement title, you would see individual movements as results. This ensures that relevant results are not hidden alongside other irrelevant movements from the same work.

Compare these three searches:

  • Dichterliebe - the whole work will be returned as a result
  • Ich grolle nicht (using Boolean 'AND' logic) - just this one relevant track from the work will be returned as a result
  • Ich grolle nicht  (using Boolean 'OR' logic) - just this one relevant track from the work will be returned as an exact result, followed by other partial matches.

Narrowing the result set

Once you have your results there are two ways in which you can narrow down the result set:

  • 'Search within' your results, using the search form at the bottom of the page.
  • 'Narrow your search' using the drop-down filters at the top of the page. These allow you to narrow the result set by selecting from pre-defined categories such as Genres, Instruments and Periods, or by A-Z lists such as Composer. The most relevant filters to your search appear in the handy drop-down boxes, with the exhaustive options available by hitting the 'More' button.