History:Classical Release Artist Style

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Style for determining Release Artists on *classical* Releases

The ClassicalStyleGuide states that the ReleaseArtist of a classical Release should always be the composer. We make an exception with recitals by a single performer:

In cases where a release contains only work(s) performed primarily by a single group or individual, e.g

  • it is "about the performer" rather than "about the composer", or
  • it can be attributed to a single performer or group, or
  • the performer is credited prominently on the release,

that artist may be used as the ReleaseArtist if any one of the following conditions is met:

  1. The works are composed by different composers, and the album would otherwise be attributed to VariousArtists
  2. The tracks on the release, while all composed by one composer, are parts of multiple works, several of which are not present in their complete form or are drawn from different groups ("selections" or "highlights")
  • Attention.png This condition is explicitily disputed. See discussion on mb-style whether these should remian under the composer.
  1. The work(s) have all been arranged, remixed, or otherwise substantially modified by the primary performer

In the first case, the album should be entered with

  • the composers as the TrackArtists for each of the tracks (unless the third case applies)
  • the performer as the ReleaseArtist.

In the second case, the album should be entered with

  • the composer as the TrackArtist for each of the tracks (unless the third case applies)
  • the performer as the ReleaseArtist.

In the third case, the ClassicalStyleGuide does not really apply. The album should be entered as a single artist release with


Do not create new Artists for collaborations that are not otherwise referred to (e.g. by other releases or AdvancedRelationships) such as "Herbert von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic."!


Rather than these various and somewhat difficult to interpret conditions, perhaps we would be better off illustrating the distinction with a batch of examples. With any luck looking at those would let people calibrate their intuitive notion of whether the disc is "about the composer" or "about the performer".