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Bernstein: Candide - London Symphony Orchestra

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Genre: Classical / Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein / Box set / Audio CD released 2003-06-16 at Universal Classics

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      27.03.2009 21:42
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      Fantastic opera - everyone should own this cd

      candide is an opera written by the great Bernstein who also composed west side story along with many other great works. You may have preconceptions of opera being fat ladies singing very high. This opera however is totally different from this. It is a great and easy storyline to follow with some fantastic music, at times the music tends to more resemble a musical but this is in no way a bad thing. There are many great songs on this two disc cd. My favorite is 'it must be me' and i thing the overture is also a great display of Bernstein's skill in composing great works.
      In comparison with other operas i have seen, this was by far my favourite and i have seen die zauberflote (which was also excellent). This opera is so effective because of the variety of characters and tone of songs. The music is both great fun and really accessible to all and i would adivise anyone who is interested in experiencing opera for the fisrt time to buy this cd as it is a light enterance into a world which can offer so much, for those seasoned opera fans, this is a great recording which will bring hours of joy, 'it must be so'

      performers include - Jerry Hadley as Candide
      June Anderson as Cunegonde
      Adolph Green as Dr Pangloss
      Christa Ludwig as the Old lady
      Nicolai Gedda as The Governor
      Della Jones as Paquette
      Kurt Ollmann as Maximilian
      as well as Clive Bayley, Neil Jenkins, Lindsay Benson, Richard Stuart and John Treleaven
      as well as the London Symphony orchestra and london symphony chorus


      for a synopsis look on the internet e.g wikipedia because i am shocking at writing them and would manage to make a fairy tale complicated.

      in response to why you should buy this as oppose to any other cd of candide, there is no reason why you should however there was no other version on dooyoo and this is the only recording i have heard although it was better live obviously.
      however the performance in this recording is perfectly competent and is therefore a good buy.
      but if you can find a recording with a different cast then be my guest and tell me if it is any better.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Overture - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      2 Westphalia Chorale - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      3 Life is Happiness Indeed - Jerry Hadley, Kurt Ollmann, June Anderson, Della Jones, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      4 The Best of All Possible Worlds - June Anderson, Della Jones, Jerry Hadley, Kurt Ollmann, Adolph Green, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      5 Universal Good - June Anderson, Della Jones, Jerry Hadley, Kurt Ollmann, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      6 Oh, Happy We - June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      7 I Must Be So - Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      8 Westphalia - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      9 Battle Music - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      10 Candide's Lament - Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      11 Dear Boy - Adolph Green, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      12 Auto-da-fé - Clive Bayley, Neil Jenkins, Lindsay Benson, Richard Suart, John Treleavan, Adolph Green, Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      13 Candide Begins His Travels - It Must Be Me (Candide's Second Meditation) - Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      14 Paris Waltz - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      15 Glitter and be gay - June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      16 You Were Dead, You Know - Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      17 I Am Easily Assimilated (Old Lady's Tango) - Christa Ludwig, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      18 Quartet Finale - Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, Christa Ludwig, Kurt Ollmann, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Universal Good - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      2 My Love (Governor's Serenade) - Nicolai Gedda, June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      3 We Are Women (Polka) - June Anderson, Christa Ludwig, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      4 The Pilgrims' Procession/Alleluia - Kurt Ollmann, Della Jones, Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      5 Quiet - Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      6 Introduction to Eldorado (Instrumental) - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      7 The Ballad of Eldorado - Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      8 Words, Words, Words (Martin's Laughing Song) - Adolph Green, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      9 Bon Voyage - Nicolai Gedda, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      10 The Kings' Barcarolle - Neil Jenkins, Jerry Hadley, Richard Suart, Adolph Green, John Treleavan, Clive Bayley, Lindsay Benson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      11 Money, Money, Money - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      12 What's the Use - Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Kurt Ollmann, John Treleavan, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      13 The Venice Gavotte - Adolph Green, Christa Ludwig, Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      14 Nothing More Than This - Jerry Hadley, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
      15 Universal Good (Life is Neither) - London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly
      16 Make Our Garden Grow (Finale) - June Anderson, Della Jones, Christa Ludwig, Jerry Hadley, Nicolai Gedda, Kurt Ollmann, Adolph Green, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Joly, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein