I wish there were a way to search Tidal by record label. MQA partner labels include Warner Music Group, Sony Music, and Universal Music Group (UMG) among others. UMG includes Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and EMI so at least in theory there should be good MQA classical albums available but even then they may not yet be available on Tidal. Looks like there’s more than just Warner-related labels on Tidal now in MQA.
There are two Tidal MQA playlists for the 2L label - “TIDAL Masters: 2L Highlights, Vol. 1” and “TIDAL Masters: 2L Highlights, Vol. 2.” If you like any of the tracks you can of course get the whole album. Might be a decent start for some Classical MQA.
I agree that searching by record label would be a plus.
I was able to turn up three albums on the reference recordings label (my favorite label) by searching for eiji oue, the conductor but none were in the MQA format although they are very high quality recordings and probably just as good as many MQA recordings
I was also able to turn up a few albums by searching by composers but none were in the mqa format.
Here are some MQA albums I found yesterday that I think are worth giving a listen to. I’m sure you’ve come across a number of them already. About 80% are 2L recordings - roughly 24/352 unfolded if I remember correctly. Should be pretty spectacular if you’ve got an MQA DAC. Even folded (24/48 I think) on my non-MQA DAC these sound wonderful. Quite a few of these 2L albums are not in the 2L playlists so I hope you find at least a handful of them to be new and enjoyable.
Thank you, @hmartin! FWIW, I did a quick (non-exhaustive) look through the spreadsheet and found the following Classical artists that could be used to search Tidal:
Da Costa, Alexandre
Dena Piano Duo
Rattle, Sir Simon
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
von Karajan, Herbert
To David and H Martin
thanks so much for the listings -the spreadsheet is incredible and the list of classical artists will keep me very busy.
one tip to find reference recordings: search Eiji Oue in the roon/tidal search window You will get several reference recording’s (not in MQA but probably just as good)
Yes I have a mqa Dac (ps audio direct stream Dac which I highly recommend) . it will be fun comparing the Mqa versions of these albums with their 16 bit counterparts
Tidal does have a VERY limited selection of classical (and jazz) music. The, by far, best selection of this kind of music is available at Qobuz, but unfortunately, Roon does not prioritize the implementation of Qobuz - which is a real pitty.
I have found that the best technique for uncovering MQA classical albums is to search roon/tidal by composer. I have uncovered many MQA albums by searching the following composers and then scrolling through their albums looking for the “M” designation.
Herbert von Karajan
sir Simon rattle
Most of the music is fairly old and, since I have not had the time to listen carefully, I cannot attest to their sound quality
Searches based on other composers have not been so productive
They do seem to be adding lots of Universal titles lately. Brand new complete Mozart Symphonies with Bohm, Karl Richter’s Bach Cantatas. Some are really difficult to find. For instance, there’s a Karajan Prokofiev 5th with Stravinsky’s Sacre. Try all you like to find it by searching Karajan & Prokofiev and nothing turns up, but under Stravinsky Sacre it does. What the heck! I recommend going to HDtracks and doing a label search for DG (click “all labels” then find Deutsche Grammophon) then go back to Tidal and search for titles of interest. Most of them do seem to be available now. There are some nice Warner reissues available also (Beecham’s Carmen!).
I wish one could do a Roon Tidal search for an artist and narrow that search down by MQA without having to add them to one’s library. Perhaps it is possible and I don’t know how?
It has been fun with Tidal and Roon and there’s certainly enough to keep one busy, BUT for Classical Tidal is such a disaster in terms of organization that I think the upcoming launch of Quboz in the US should be integrated into Roon ASAP. Quboz by all right should be the nail in the coffin for Tidal, which has utterly dropped the ball, and is run by idiots. Tidal has not ONCE fixed any of the old Universal titles afflicted with flutter. The lied to me almost 2 years ago about expecting “redilivery” of these faulty titles. It never happened. And MQA is nice, but Qobuz has actual hi-Rez streaming and downloads available, so bye-bye MQA, and bye-bye Tidal. I gave you 2 faithful years to try and get it together.