Sep. 29th, 2006

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but for those of you who like classical music, I can't recommend this disc highly enough. (Link is to rather than the label because musicdirect's blowing them out at ten bucks a pop. If anyone spots it anywhere else for cheaper, let me know-- I think I want to buy a couple more copies as gifts for people) I'm currently playing it for the fourth time today (continuously, except for one break for lunch and one for Ziggy Stardust) and that's something rather uncommon-- I keep my 20G iPod filled, and very little of it gets unplayed over the course of a week.

I was sucked in because the title is an allusion to one of my favorite novels, Magister Ludi by Herman Hesse, (which I also highly recommend, for those of you who haven't read it) but this is one of the most beautiful chamber music CDs I've ever heard. And not just the Bach-- the Kodaly and Martinu are really something special. While it works on ordinary CD players, this is also the first opportunity I've had to hear HDCD (Windows Media Player can decode it, if you have a sound card that's 24-bit capable, and for some reason, my Dell box at work does), and while it's not on the level of SACD, DVD-A, or well-maintained vinyl, it sounds substantially better than a Redbook CD, especially through a decent set of headphones.


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