I have made a practice wherever I go
to ask intelligent amateurs . . .
who their favorite composer is.
Almost without exception . . . they will reply
"Puccini . . . He doesn't keep us waiting. He gets on with it."
And that is one of the abiding attractions of "Boheme."
It doesn't keep us waiting. It does get on with it.
Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor, in an interview with Irving Kolodin from Saturday Review (1956)
From the album SIR THOMAS BEECHAM PUCCINI: LA BOHEME