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Candide (1956 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Leonard Bernstein , Richard Wilbur , Max Adrian , Barbara Cook Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  7. You Were Dead, You KnowOrchestra 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. I'm Easily AssimilatedOrchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Leonard Bernstein, Richard Wilbur, Max Adrian, Barbara Cook
  • Audio CD (May 13, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000996FW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The smash 1956 Broadway hit, written by Lillian Hellman (based, of course, on the novelette by Voltaire) and featuring the glorious music of Leonard Bernstein! The nostalgic notes by star Barbara Cook recall how the adoring audience cried, "No! No!" as the final curtain fell; it's no wonder-the music and performances are breathtaking. Includes a bonus track.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a Broadway milestone September 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE was a Broadway flop when it first opened in 1956 at the Martin Beck Theatre, shuttering after an abysmal 73 performances. Though the show has never quite achieved the greatness it deserves, the Overture is considered to be one of the greatest, most thrilling ever written. The original 1956 cast album of the show has now been reissued on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label.
Based on the play by Voltaire, the show starred Robert Rounseville ('Mr Snow' in the film version of CAROUSEL) as Candide, with Irra Petina as the Old Woman with One Buttock and Max Adrian as Dr Pangloss. Barbara Cook (the City Center revival of CAROUSEL, PLAIN AND FANCY) stars as the young ingenue Cunegonde.
The score, by Leonard Bernstein by lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John LaTouche and Dorothy Parker, is superb. The musical is best known for the devilish 'jewel song' aria "Glitter and Be Gay", sung by the clarion soprano of Barbara Cook, who infuses it with all the vocal pyrotechnics that it calls for."I Am Easily-Assimilated" is comically performed by Irra Petina, whilst the baritone of Robert Rounseville is showcased in "It Must Be So".
As a bonus on this new reissue, there is the majestic sweeping Overture as performed by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Bernstein himself. There are also brand-new liner notes including an essay from Barbara Cook.
As well as this landmark recording, I also recommend the 1997 Broadway revival cast album (which features Harolyn Blackwell as Cunegonde and Jim Dale as Dr Pangloss). Buy them both today!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still a masterpiece! April 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to this album (my parents having been among the enlightened few who saw the original production) and have always considered it fascinating and brilliant. Sure, there have been a half-dozen attempts to revise the show over the years, with much music added later on (some of it very good), but you really can't go wrong with this original version.
First of all, in Cook and Rousenville, it has two FANTASTIC singers. Max Adrian's Pangloss is also a delight. The quasi-operetta orchestration is more full-bodied and satisfying than some later versions, feeling much more like the 1700s. Throughout, the music and lyrics are intelligent, inventive, and enchanting - on par with West Side Story, if a bit less easy to relate to, being in an older idiom. (In fact, one of the best songs of West Side Story, the breathtaking wedding duet "One Hand, One Heart" was actually written for Candide, but not used because the irony of "Oh Happy We!" suited Candide better.)
Anyway, this albums is a flawed masterpiece that preserves a spectacularly creative production, and is a must-have for any serious fan of American musicals!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical, but not the best possible recording November 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Candide is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces of music. Forget the show; the show itself will never work on stage. But the music really is amazing. The biggest problem is, there must be a dozen recordings of it, and not one is even remotely like another. You literally need to buy six cds just to get the full grasp of the score. This one, the first, has the best cast and the best orchestra; unfortunately, it contains all of one third of the music. Still, it is more than worth it (heck, the overture alone makes it worth it)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better words, better singing, all too brief! August 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Someday, a genius producer will make this show work, probably as a film instead of a staged production. Until then, we must bask in the fabulous music, the best of which, perfectly sung, remains on this all-too-abbreviated original cast recording. Ideally, this recording should be supplemented by Bernstein's 1989 recording of a complete score. The two together represent youth and age, sadly.

All the tinkering and updating went for naught when you compare the original "Best of all possible worlds" words with later versions. Candide was a child of the 18th century and 1950s and should remain so.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glitter and Be Gay October 19, 2007
By ~Amante
Format:Audio CD
I currently own two recordings of Candide, this one and the 1997 revival. It is hard to say which one is better; however it is easy to say this one is more important. This is the original. Many have come after it (including a revised version by Bernstein himself) but this is the basis for them all. Each revision is different in some way, so you really should own this one to know the true Candide. In circles of major Broadway fans this recording is considered the definitive way to sing "Glitter and Be Gay" and I must say it is really quite amazing. Candide leans heavily into the styling's of operetta so some west side story fans may be surprised with what they hear, but it is still beautiful music. So why even consider another recording? The 1997 recording has almost the full orchestrations and they sound glorious. Some reworking of libretto and plot may not be, but hearing the magnificent composition of Bernstein is well worth the investment. Bottom line: If you can only get one, this is the one to get. Favorite song: "It Must Be So"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE, THE GREAT, THE ORIGINAL November 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Candide is a wonderful musical, and it can work well on stage (hence the 1970's run!)The music is wonderful and this a great recording, it doesn't have all the songs, but I think that it cought the spirit of the times well. What I mean is look at when this was written! How exciting it must have been, but the singers are great SO BUY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It glittered . . . and it still does
CANDIDE (1956), music by Leonard Bernstein, is a real genre-straddler. His self-described "comic operetta" is a witty and articulate take on Voltaire's 18th-Century novel, itself... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
This original Broadway cast recording is OUTSTANDING, much better than the CD "Bernstein conducts Candide" starring Jerry Hadley and June Anderson. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Len Levinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The original cast recording Technically a version no longer available
The entire history of Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE is worthy of a novel. This version, the original, was inspired, in part by the House Committee on Un-American Activities Communist... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phred
4.0 out of 5 stars It was wonderful, but not the copy we needed.
We were working on "Candide" opera here in Amarillo. This format was not the one we needed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ReneeWilson
5.0 out of 5 stars O Happy Me!
One of the world's best musicals but underappreciated....The singing as well as the state of the CD were in fine fettle!
Published 11 months ago by Lewis Shena
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!
Voltaire's great play, delivered in English, the story of a young couple who start in a wonderful world and, thru their adventures, find the real world, not as wonderful, but a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonathan E. Jaffe
5.0 out of 5 stars candide original cast album
the amazing original cast of "Candide" one of the best scores ever written (Leonard Bernstein!)
Anyone who loves music will love this
Published 20 months ago by judi
5.0 out of 5 stars Candide
Composition excellent as well as performance-Cook is an absolute marvel!!!! I really do not have ten more words regarding this purchase!!!
Published 21 months ago by B. J. Lower
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific music
And there is only one Barbara Cook!!! Worth the price of admission. One of the great musicals that finds itself under valued.
Published 22 months ago by Nashville Father
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful.
Simply delightful. That's why. I say it again: simply delightful, that is why. And again and again and again and...
Published 22 months ago by Otto Minera
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