A Musical Odyssey
Best of the Baroque
Two new classical enhanced CDs from Intersound are A Musical Odyssey and Best of the Baroque. Although it’s nice to see something other than pop or rock in the enhanced CD field, both Odyssey and Baroque offer an unimaginative selection of pieces: Vivaldi’s “Allegro from The Spring,” Bach’s “Air for the G String,” and Handel’s “Hallelujah!” are on both CD-ROMs, tucked among other primers like Pachelbel’s “Canon,” Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” and Handel’s “Water Music.” Did they have to be so predictable? Multimedia, as with all enhanced CDs, is minimal. Slide shows acquaint you with the different musical periods, voice-overs educate about the basics of musical notation, and lots of stuff won’t work properly. One nice feature is the “compose your own” option, which is very limited but still adds a desperately-needed element of interactivity. Intersound deserves credit for adding a bit more “enhancement” to these discs.