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Instead, we use a system with a number of distinct, but overlapping, ways to find the music review(s) you want:

1. Search Engines Enter search terms such as composer, work's title, label or reviewers name into either (or both) of the two MusicWeb-specific search engines which we use. Note: it often pays to try both. Clicking on a link in your results set which corresponds to a review, leads straight back to that review page on MusicWeb. However the search engines sometimes only lead you to the monthly index page containing links to many reviews produced in that month. Just scroll down to find the one you are looking for.

It is possible to search using a catalogue number but that will only work if you happen to choose the same format as that on a review. It is usually successful if you close up the calalogue number e.g 777 292-2 to 7772922. The search engine is not case sensitive.

2. Indexes We have started the Herculean task of indexing all our reviews in two ways: By Label and By Selected Masterwork. The former will, when complete, list every review on the site under the heading of the record label with the catalogue number and a disc title/description. This will be useful if you are interested in a particular recording and want to see if we have reviewed it.

The Masterwork index has focussed on those compositions that are often recorded and which would be difficult to find via a Google search. For example, it is difficult to think of a search term that would allow you to efficiently find all reviews of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

All new reviews are being added at the time of publication, and the "back catalogue" of reviews is being added in reverse chronological order.

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the red 'Classical CD Reviews' tab in the top (horizontal) navigation strip on most MusicWeb pages, and
the 'Classical CD Review Archive' link in the left-hand (vertical) navigation column on most MusicWeb pages

Those two links do lead to the same place - an archive containing all MusicWeb reviews since we began - that is from 2000 to the present. Scroll down a little and you will see links by years and months e.g.

Monthly reviews are divided alphabetically into 6 Index pages.

Pages 2-5 are alphabetical by composer, pages 6&7 are miscellaneous and compilation discs (Page 1 is the Home page). Here you have access to all the MusicWeb CD reviews.

4. At the top of this archive page you can click on 'Today's reviews' in the six-item horizontal links to read today's reviews - and more.

You will be taken back to our home page (index.htm) where you may well have started. You can always reach this page by clicking on the big MusicWeb logo top left of most pages.

On the home page click on the 'NEW CD and DVD REVIEWS' box (the leftmost of three horizontal boxes with double-line red borders under the second row of banner ads)


5. This drops you down on this same page to links for 'Today's Reviews' (identifiable by today's, or a very recent, date at the top). You can also get to more recent reviews: click on the '[Click here for reviews from the last five days]' link under the Bold Red 'LATEST CD and DVD REVIEWS' heading.

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7. MusicWeb also has dedicated links pages for specific disc release e.g. EMI Great Recordings of the century. These can be found using the Themed Review Pages link in the left pink side-bar. We also have a number of composer discographies accessed by the Discographies link in the left-hand pink sidebar.

 

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