I got an announcement in my email yesterday (Friday) that the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca labels will band together in celebration of the 100th anniversary of “The Rite of Spring” (or, as it is invariably known in the higher intellectual circles here in O.C., Le sacre du printemps) to release a 20-CD box set “including every version in their respective catalogs” of the epic work. The recordings date from 1946-2010.

There’s no word on the number of “Rites” that’ll amount to, but they could easily fit 40 on 20 CDs. It’s supposed to be released before the end of 2012.

I also can’t name all of the recordings that will be included in the set, not being that complete of a “Rite” nerd, but surely we’ll get performances conducted by Ansermet, Monteux, Dorati, Karajan, Ozawa, Markevitch(?), Solti, Maazel, Dutoit, Boulez, Bernstein … who else? I don’t think we’ll get Muti (whose fantastic recording is on EMI) or Stravinsky (who recorded with CBS).

I have to admit I think the set is a bit much. There are limits to comparing interpretations, I believe. Nevertheless, I want it.

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