Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' from Glimmerglass

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Bernstein's "Candide." (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)

Listen above to Leonard Bernstein’s "Candide," the final broadcast from the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival. This glittering production stars Andrew Stenson as Candide, Kathryn Lewek as Cunegonde, and veteran actor David Garrison as Voltaire and Pangloss.

There have been many versions of "Candide" since it premiered in 1956. Glimmerglass used a version that was created in 1999 for the Royal National Theater in London, where John Caird did an adaptation of Hugh Wheeler’s previous adaptation from Voltaire. Most of lyrics are by Richard Wilbur, with additional material by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein.

Host Naomi Lewin talks to the cast during the intermission, including conversations with Andrew Stenson, David Garrison, Joseph Colaneri, Marietta Simpson, Kathryn Lewek and Glimmerglass Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello.

The intermission segment:


Candide: Andrew Stenson
Cunegonde: Kathryn Lewek
Voltaire/Pangloss: David Garrison
The Old Lady: Marietta Simpson
Maximilian: Christian Bowers
Paquette: Kristen Choi
Cacambo: Andrew Marks Maughan
Martin: Matthew Scollin
Vanderdendur: Cynthia Cook

The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra conducted by Joseph Colaneri

Comments [5]

Beachsiggy from NYC today

Ooooohhh, I get to listen to it again! I had so much fun with this on Saturday afternoon! As Ms Zambello said, it is highly appropriate to the situation in which we find ourselves today. Now, why did I say that???? GREAT cast, BTW!

Nov. 23 2015 12:31 PM
Mark W from Long Island NY

Not your usual Saturday fare, but fabulous none the less! Bravo maestro Bernstein, and WQXR!

Nov. 21 2015 03:41 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

P.S.: The 1956 recording is one of excerpts, but the 1989 performance is a complete concert performance available on audio and video.

Nov. 21 2015 10:12 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

The eclectic gift Mr. Bernstein had for writing convincing music of many countries, varying styles and epochs is on full display in "Candide", along with a satiric gift, never more apparent than the duet between Candide and Cunegonde "You Were Dead, You Know". Candide: " You were dead, you know. You were shot and bayonetted, too. Cunegonde: "That is very true. Ah, but love will find a way." There's an original cast recording of the 1956 version with Max Adrian, Barbara Cook and Robert Rounseville as well as the "Scottish" version conducted by Mr. Bernstein in London with Adolph Green, June Anderson and Jerry Hadley. It's exciting to hear which version will be sung at Glimmerglass that gives renewed life to this tongue-in-cheek parable of "The best of all possible worlds".

Nov. 21 2015 09:59 AM
Vespasian from Suffolk

Oh dear, so many listeners will be misty eyed just thinking
of Dear Lenny. One of the hosts of QXR sounds like she is going to
cry when she speaks of Dear Lenny.

Nov. 21 2015 07:12 AM

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