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Bernstein: Candide / Mauceri, Eisler, Mills, Langston

Album Summary

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Leonard Bernstein (piano); Don Yule, Ralph Bassett, Ivy Austin (vocals); John Lankston (tenor).

Recording information: Manhattan Center, New York, NY.

Candide, as a musical/opera, has a highly complex history, having gone through multiple alterations since it first premiered in 1956 with a book by Lillian Hellman. In the 1974 version, the book was rewritten by Hugh Wheeler (as adapted from Voltaire and at the insistence of director Hal Prince) with added humor, ultimately saving it from being a complete disaster by some accounts. In any case, the music is by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Richard Wilbur -- although additional lyrics are contributed by John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and John Wells. This version is a recording by the New York City Opera, based on its 1982 revival of the show, once again with revised music. ~ William Ruhlmann and Sarah Erlewine


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Works Details

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
  • Performers: Erie Mills (Soprano); Rhoda Butler (Voice); Jack Harrold (Tenor); Don Yule (Bass); Scott Reeve (Bass Baritone); William Ledbetter (Bass); David Eisler (Tenor); James Billings (Baritone); Maria Donaldi (Voice); Ralph Bassett (Baritone); Robert Brubaker (Tenor); Ivy Austin (Voice); John Lankston (Tenor); Maris Clement (Mezzo Soprano); Joyce Castle (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Ensemble: New York City Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta