Critics Award of the Day (CAD): Jay Nordlinger

thering-kirov.jpgThe NY Sun has been surprising us with its  contempo-casual classical music writers. This is the second CAD we’ve given to them (the first going to Fred Kirshnit). Here’s our favorite part of Jay Nordlinger’s preview of the Opera Marinsky Theatre‘s upcoming Ring Cycle at Lincoln Center Festival:

One, brief note about the music (or at least a few minutes of the 15 hours): No one should answer the question, “What is the most beautiful piece of music ever written?” But if someone has a gun to your head, threatening to splatter your brains on the pavement, you could do worse than to answer, “‘Wotan’s Farewell’ from ‘Die Walküre.'”

That does sound vaguely like our grad school experience.


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