I am slowly approaching Roon again after the 1.3 update with my classical music collection (180K tracks) by importing CD by CD in order to understand the new logic better.
Now I have imported CD’s by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt, but Brahms is the only composer I also get shown as Performer? Why that? I do not want to have Brahms as Performer, since I’m pretty sure I will never buy a CD that has him as a performer on it…
What didi I do to provoke that? My Brahms-Album (Mutter, Weissenberg Violin Sonatas) has only the composer tag filled with Brahms. How do I get rid of him as performer?
I found it. Obviously I didn’t see the woods for the trees… No problems with my tags, but Roon had added Johannes Brahms as Primary Artist upon album identification. Had to remove it from there and now it’s OK.
However, that concerns me still. During my last major try with Roon (although I’m a subscriber from almost the beginning) I found that more than 30% of my albums are not identified by Roon. So I could either approach this by adressing the unidentified albums piece by piece or by keeping my albums unidentified (can you set this globally to happen? I do not think so)
I thought that the approach of “not letting Roon identify” my albums could work based on what I read in the KB article on File Tag Best Practice, but I’m experiencing some inconsistencies with what’s described there. The article describes the use of tags to display data in Roon. However I do not manage to have the VERSION tag displayed like it is shown here:
Next issue is the WORK/PART tag. It seems to work fine, but the works are not being displayed as real works, i.e. I do not get the CD and # of performances icon and can’t jump to the composition page. Ist that intended behaviour?
Please note, Brahms can genuinely be a performer. There is at least one recording of his playing. Same goes for Debussy, Ravel. But of people so firmly rooted in the 19th C Brahms is rather exceptional in this regard.
Any sweeping change to “ban” composers from being album artists would take the date of the first recording technology into account (so Brahms and Mahler would not fall into any automated ban). Handling this kind of thing automatically when we only have the MusicBrainz metadata to go off is extremely tricky. Which is why being able to edit the album artist(s) is so important.