Friday, June 1, 2012

Jay Nordlinger:

[T]hank goodness for recordings, those second-bests — those souvenirs of actual, live performance. (Sergiu Celibidache, the late Romanian conductor, took a dimmer view: “Listening to a record is like kissing a photograph of Brigitte Bardot.”)

(That is how the line has come down to us, anyway. I understand Celi did not, in fact, say “kissing.”)