Bernstein: Candide (2CD+DVD)

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Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Jerry Hadley (Candide), June Anderson (Cunegonde), Adolph Green (Dr. Pangloss/Martin), Christa Ludwig (Old Lady), Nicolai Gedda (Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski), Della Jones (Panquette), Kurt Ollmann (Maximilian/Captain), John Treleaven (Inquisitor)

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

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From the Barbican Centre, London in December 1989. Previously available on CD and DVD separately, this touchstone recording of Bernstein's brilliant operatic work, conducted by the composer himself, is a must-have.

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Gramophone Magazine

"Jerry Hadley is, throughout, an affecting and eloquent Candide...the coloratura of June Anderson, Bernstein's Cunegonde, is incomparable...Ludwig's diction is legendary and her English is pretty good, albeit with a faint and obviously deliberate touch of exoticism about it."


"an irreplaceable treasure...Jerry Hadley is an ideal Candide (what a good career as a Broadway lead he might have had in another era), June Anderson is a grand opera Cunegonde with high wattage power...The playing of the London Symphony is first-rate, far better than what you’d get from a Broadway pit orchestra."