Classical Archives, the largest classical music site in the world, offers several methods to play/explore classical music on its mobile application:
1) Library: (The Greats -or- by Composer, Performer or Title Search) which offers all the works we have by each composer, performer or matching title. Once you select a work, you can select what performance of that work you want to listen to.
2) Must Know: (By Composer -or- by Period & Genre) which is a list selected by our musicologists of the ~800 most important works of classical music you'll want to be familiar with. Selecting a work will always play the performance from the latest release (as opposed to The Library where you can select the performance.)
3) Playlists: (Featured and Mine) allows you to listen to featured playlists or to create, and listen to, your own. Up to 12 hour-long playlists are allowed. Subscriber account at Classical Archives is required.
4) Radio: Our radio will continuously stream either a series of single movements, or complete works (depending on your choice) that will be pulled from the selection of Period(s) and Genre(s) you select, from Early & Renaissance to Modern/Contemporary -- in the following genres, or combination of genres: from Orchestral, Solo/Chamber, Vocal, and/or Stage (incl. Operas). The radio will continuously refill the queue, until you stop the player.
Depending on your Classical Archives' status (visitor, member or subscriber), you have complete access to all the complete tracks and works or you may only listen to clips of each track. There is no limit to the number of tracks or works you can play.
This app offers a queuing player: you may enter a complete symphony plus a full opera if you wish. But there is one limit: you may add several works and tracks to the player only as long as the current queue doesn't already contain 20 or more tracks. Each time a track is played, it is removed from the queue and the count goes down.
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Ratings and Reviews
A Good Start
Always been interested in the Classical Archive, but wasn't interested in the browser interface. This app works well enough on my iPad that I became a member. Airplay streaming is accessible through the app, and background streaming works nicely, so I can easily stream music to my audio system while using the iPad for other purposes.
However, the app lacks some of the functionality of the browser interface. For me, the most notable omission is the ability to go from a selected recording to the album containing that recording. Second most notable omission is the ability to search by performer. As these make clear, the interface is focused only on locating recordings of works by composer, genre, type of piece. Which isn't a bad place to start, I haven't found that doable with other online music services.
So, four stars for a good start, and to encourage further development of this app in support of the best service I've found for the discovery of classical music. Give it a try - if you're not a member, it works just the same, except you only get a one-minute preview of each track.
Still has bugs
This is a great app and even the website the inventory is staggering all the great composers however that doesn’t make up for continual hiccups with this app.
For example you pick a composer, you pick the composition,then you put the artist into the playlist you have selected, be it on an iPad or a phone you then tap add to playlist and the first dozen entries or so go in with no problem but then after that many times you tap it suddenly it now will not open up an “add the composition to your playlist” tab like it’s frozen and the crazy thing is it WILL let you put the composition an other other playlist but not the playlist that you obviously DON’T want to put into that list it will let it go into that playlist but the one that you wanna put it in forget it,
Example if I had a playlist labeled Beethoven in another one labeled Mozart when I try to put Beethoven’s fifth Symphony into the Beethoven playlist tap all day it won’t add it,however touch Mozart and it will add it, it’s so annoying this is a great site for $80 a year for the unlimited access to the inventory however when you have simple problems with trying to add something to a playlist and it repeatedly freezes then it’s worthless!
I loved the website, but the app makes it so convenient and they provide a terrific selection of performances. The only thing I hope they will add is the ability to explore more obscure composers the way you can on the website.
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- Classical Archives LLC
- 22.3 MB
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Classical Archives, LLC
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