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CSG for Tracks and Recordings: Artist Credits
Crediting performers in MusiBrainz
The correct way to credit performers in MusicBrainz is by Advanced Relationships linking the performers with the appropriate recording. This is especially important for classical recordings.
The Recording Artist field should contain the most important performers who appear on that specific recording. Use a comma between multiple artists.
- If the release lists all performers who appear on the release, be careful to only add performers who actually contributed to the specific recording.
- If no performer info can be found, use special artist [unknown].
Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78: II. Adagio פנחס צוקרמן, Daniel Barenboim
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito Julian Bream, Melos Chamber Orchestra, Colin Davis
Lohengrin: Act III, Scene I. "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin" Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Rudolf Kempe, Wiener Philharmoniker
The Track Artist field should contain the Artist as credited for that track on the release.
Often, classical releases do not have track-specific artists. In this case, use the composer of the track’s respective work. If there is more than one composer involved on the track, try to find out how the work is usually credited.
Sometimes the performance information will be listed under a block of tracks. This is not track-specific, so the composer should be used, as above.
If you can't find out who the composer is, use special artist [unknown].
Partita V in G major, BWV 829: IV. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach
Scheherazade, Op. 35: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков
Cello Concerto, Op. 85 / Enigma Variations Sir Edward Elgar
- still missing an example with more than one composer