1. Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, in case you don’t know them, are not only tuneful and hilarious, they’re also very touching and truly literate. Just watch that video and tell me you weren’t brought to tears.

    Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two new DVD releases — The Mikado and Topsy-Turvy — on today’s Fresh Air that are indispensable to Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados. INDISPENSABLE I SAY!

    Now sing along with me:

    I am the very model of a modern Major-General,

    I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral,

    I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical

    From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;

    I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,

    I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,

    About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news,

    With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

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