So often we get to know composers through a handful of their most familiar works, continually played almost as a ritual, sometimes just on certain days of the year, and we never get a chance to experience what a wealth of music - at least as good as, and sometimes even better, than the limited few that are often applauded as soon as their first few notes are played.
The current edition is a real ear-opener. It's like the adventure of meeting a man who seems to have been made of music and being taken through his own personal treasure house.
At first glance it might seem that a 52-CD set would be overwhelming. Just the opposite happens - as soon as you finish one you're looking forward to the next one. Everything has been done in a meticulous way - including a referenced website that details any information you might be left wondering about, each link covering each CD and its contents.
And for those for whom music is a respite from words, it is reward enough to experience the extraordinary achievement of a composer from whom so much poured forth, and so little has been heard.