someone's beat me to it - the single colossal piece of music which probably needs to be shared the most - with respect to whatever the composer's personal philosophy may be, keeping such an important, enriching, and simply amazing work from the world just does not feel right.
I am simultaneously disappointed (that I was not the first blogger to ever post this), relieved (that I no longer have to count on my somewhat flakey friend to rip), and over-joyed (for obvious reasons).
after staring at the $500 price tag for a copy for a long time, it is now available with a few clicks of the mouse - and itunes is perfect for it: no pauses in between discs or getting up and changing the record on the phonograph.
after a brief listen to the first disc, this recording is pretty different from a vinyl rip I used to have, maybe it is my memory playing tricks, but that one sounded gentler, warmer, and seemed more... elegiac. but this version is incredible nonetheless.