One year ago, practically to the day, I posted this picture of what it looks like to search the complete Haydn symphonies on Spotify and lamented
“Please: we’ve had digital music for nearly two decades now. Can we start to get our act together on this?”
I mean, that list of results is basically useless. The legacy of a digital music tagging system that is designed for songs and albums, not works and movements.
Well, thanks to a tip-off from Ulyssestone (now on Spotify’s staff), whaddya know – today, the same page looks like this:
Good work everyone who made that happen. This is more like it.
The news gets better: slowly but surely, composer names are being added to the database too. Take a look at this image (from Ulysses’ blog):
Now we really are getting somewhere. It’s not ideal, sure – where there’s a second performer it’s not immediately clear which name is the composer and which is the performer. And the composer names thing only applies to Naxos-distributed labels so far – but that’s tens of thousands of albums already. However, this is definitely progress (from a very poor starting position), and it’s good to know that people are at least working on this stuff. Before long it will be possible to do a classical search on Spotify and reliably be able to find what you were after. Imagine.