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Candide (1997 Revival) Cast Recording

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003GA7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on July 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wouldn't part with the Original (1957) Broadway cast recording for anything, especially because of Robert Rounseville's Candide and Barbara Cook's stunning Cunegonde. But that's not to say one shouldn't own this 1997 revival recording as well. Fans of the show know there are at least four different incarnations of CANDIDE, including Bernstein's final revision in 1989, and what's wrong with having all of them?

The first revision was the celebrated "Chelsea version" of 1974, with a new book by Hugh Wheeler and some new (and some revised) lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The actor playing Dr. Pangloss also plays Voltaire, the Governor, the Host, and the Sage. A new opening number, "Life Is Happiness Indeed," ". . . comically [establishes] the central characters' innocence and naivete." The parts of Maximillian and Paquette have been expanded, and it is not Cunegonde, but Maximillian (in drag) who sings "My Love" with the lecherous Governor. "Quiet" is out and "Sheep's Song" is in. Also deleted are "Words, Words, Words," "Money, Money, Money," "We Are Women," and "Nothing More Than This." (For a more complete version, check out the Scottish Opera version, the 1999 Royal National Cast version, or Bernstein's "final revised edition" of 1989.)

In this 1997 revival, The Old Lady (a wonderful characterization by Andrea Martin) cleverly insinuates herself into the plot, early in act one, informing Pangloss (and the audience) of her central role in the proceedings. It also includes considerable narration, by the author Voltaire, to move the plot along.

What about the singers? Jim Dale is truly fine in his multiple roles and Jason Danieley sings the socks off Candide's songs. Very exciting performance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Boberick on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I liked this CD. It was really nice to hear the full score for the first time. The performances are wonderful, especially Andrea Martin who's delightful to watch onstage (I saw her in Oklahoma!). But my complaint lies in the lyrics. I dislike the new lyrics for The Best of All Possible Worlds, a song I find essential to the show and the new lyrics I feel don't mesh as well with the show.
Barbara Cook and Robert Rounseville are much better on the original recording, which is now re-released and is phenomenal, finally the best Candide Recording. Buy the original, it's cheaper and better. If not for any other reason than for "Glitter and be Gay" which got a 2 minute standing ovation on opening night, December 1, 1956. That night, the Overture, lauded as one of the best ever, also received a 2 minute standing ovation.
The book to Candide may have it's major flaws (and it does), but you can't say anytihng about the score. It's one of Bernstein's best, and definitely one of the best in Musical Theatre History.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This recording tells the story of Candide and Cunegonde's voyage very well. The story is clearer than in the other recordings. The cuts are very direct and to the point.
They use Dr. Pangloss very well to tie the bits together
The additional material added for Andrea Martin is funny. I ALWAYS though the Old Lady should be included in the introduction anyway for consitancy's sake.
This recording features a very theatrical (as opposed to musical) recording of "Glitter and be Gay." Though this Cunegonde can hold her own musically.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Too bad that no one has seen fit to release the 2-LP recording (on Columbia?) of the 1970's Broadway revival of "Candide" on compact disc. Superior in every way to the 1997 recording and far more complete to the extent that one can very nearly follow the entire production audially without the help of any liner notes. Great theater! Great recording!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
CANDIDE is Leonard Bernstein's masterpiece. Based on the play by Voltaire, the operetta-flavored score is simply delicious, full of great pieces including the showstopping aria "Glitter and Be Gay".

The 1997 Broadway revival succeded in introducing a whole new generation to the musical. It featured a cast including Jim Dale (BARNUM) as Dr Pangloss, Andrea Martin (GYPSY) as the Old Lady with One Buttock, Jason Danieley as Candide, Stacey Logan (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) as Paquette and Harolyn Blackwell as Cunegonde.

Harolyn Blackwell indeed has a thrilling soprano voice, and sings the devilish 'jewel song' aria "Glitter and Be Gay" with confidence and panache, but I feel she over-plays the comedy and makes the song less stylish. Barbara Cook (on the original Broadway cast album) is still considered to be the definitive Cunegonde.

Andrea Martin spins gold with "I Am Easily-Assimilated", and Jim Dale is humorous and caustic in his performance. Jason Danieley has a lovely voice which he puts to good use in his choice numbers as Candide.

All-in-all, a worthy recording but if you want the definitive Cunegonde of Barbara Cook, stick to the original Broadway cast album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Martin on November 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It simply tries too hard to be hip and smart and funny, and as a result it's none of them. Musically, it manages to make the score sound flat and almost dull.

Avoid this one. There are far better ones available. This one simply misses the mark.
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