Great Performances

Season 33 Episode 10

Leonard Bernstein's `Candide' with the New York Philharmonic

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Aired Unknown Jan 12, 2005 on PBS
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Leonard Bernstein's `Candide' with the New York Philharmonic
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Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta based on Voltaire's novella.

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  • Palatable Production of Bernstein's Masterwork

    9.5
    There have been so many versions of Bernstein's operetta Candide since it premiered in the mid-1950's that it is sometimes difficult to compare any two of them. Material comes and goes with various libretists and lyricists over the years and styles of production vary wildly. What remains from version to version, however, is the basic Voltaire magnificence that is the Candide story, illuminated by genius music created by one of the 20th Century's most important composers.



    This production is a stylistic hybrid of musical theatre, operetta and Grand Opera. It also refuses to take itself too seriously, which enhances accessability to the material and allows this to be the best production I've experienced. There are star performances from Kristin Chenowith as Cunegonde and Patti LuPone as the Nurse.moreless
Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen

Narrator, Dr. Pangloss, Voltaire

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Paul Groves

Paul Groves

Candide

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Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone

The Old Lady

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