Hi Dominic, I agree with your assessment of this disc, and I can certainly confirm that it is wholly possible to both listen to and totally absorb/learn music whilst doing something else, those who say otherwise are simply wrong. Over 45 years 'on the road' and enormous amounts of driving gave me (captive audience of 1 in the car!) the opportunity to discover, listen repeatedly and fully learn music from dozens, possibly hundreds of composers, I otherwise would never had come accross. Much of this adventure has been enabled by Radio 3 over the years and because of my voyage of discovery, I now rarely listen to many composers who I had previously considered the best. It really has made me realise how often one's mind can be changed by simply exploring and listening to someone new. I now have very little interest in anything 18th century or earlier.
Now, years later and retired, I have many many of these wonderful works in my cd collection and I can sing along with them all as I know them so well. I also I continue to find much new music and learn it whilst doing various other things at the same time. Marvellous!! Good listening!