Classical Archives, the largest classical music site in the world, offers three 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.
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.
* Bug Fixes.
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.
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.
Fantastic! At last!!
This app allows to SELECT what work you want to listen to in this gigantic library! (So it's not a radio!) Two main modes: In The Library mode, you can select the performance (album) of the work you want to listen to. To do this in The Library, either select The Greats for quick access to the really greatest composers, or you can search by composer name. In the Must Know mode, you are presented with the latest releases of the most important works. Again two methods: by the Must Know composers, or you can search for these "must know" works by Period and/or Genre (like Late-/Post-Romantic + Stage/Opera). The app's Queuing Player is beautiful to look at and allows you to add many tracks, even complete works, to be played one after the other. And it is gapless! Cool!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.