Could listening to The Rite of Springfor 38 days drive a music critic to distraction? As Limelight’ssacrificial guinea pig, I found out.

To commemorate The Rite of Spring’scentenary, Universal Classics has issued a boxed set of 20 discs, containing 35 performances of the orchestral score and three of the composer’s four-hand piano arrangement. That’s 21 hours and 34 minutes – of the same piece! The recordings have been drawn mostly from the Decca, DG and...

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