- Artist: Conductor, orchestra. So here you have to decide last name first name or first name last name and then the rest. Bernstein, Leonard or Leonard Bernstein, the New York Philharmonic. I go this way: Bernstein, Leonard in the conductor field and New York Philharmonic for the artist.
- Album Artist: Conductor.
Beethoven was not the artist
Another consistent error I see is listing the composer of classical music as the artist or album artist. If you have a copy of a recording performed by Ludwig Beethoven you probably have something worth a fortune since there was no way to record old Ludwig when he was playing the piano or conducting an orchestra. Keeping the composer field accurate is critical in classical music and not all that important in anything else unless you're a history buff in music or want to be able to hear all songs written by Lerner and Loewe. Again, make sure you're consistent in what you want. We get asked all the time what should someone put into the artist field on a classical album, since Chopin cannot be the answer if you have a copy of Polonaise. Here's what we recommend:
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