PE0222. Candide (Bernstein), recorded 1985, w.Mauceri Cond. New York City Opera Ensemble; Erie Mills, David Eisler, John Lankston, Joyce Castle, Jack Harrold, etc. 2-New World NW 340/41, w.35pp. Libretto-Booklet. Choice, ever-so-slightly used copy.
“No one has been more determined in this fusion effort between musical theater and opera than Beverly Sills and the New York City Opera, so it's fitting that New World - which began life as a semischolarly compiler of the American musical heritage - should offer this fine recording of the 1982 'opera house version' of the 1973 revision….the music, especially with the expanded forces used in 1982, is a really effervescent, tuneful, brilliantly crafted delight. And this performance, buoyantly conducted by John Mauceri and spiffily sung by a cast headed by Erie Mills, David Eisler and John Lankston, does Mr. Bernstein's score proud.”
- John Rockwell , THE NEW YORK TIMES, 25 May, 1986
“One of Schonberg's most famous criticisms of Bernstein [to whom he referred as] ‘the Peter Pan of music’, written after the famous 6 April, 1962 performance before which Bernstein announced that he disagreed with pianist Glenn Gould's interpretation of Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 but was going to conduct it anyway because he found it fascinating. Schonberg chided Bernstein in print, suggesting that he should have either refrained from publicizing his disagreement, backed out of the concert, or imposed his own will on Gould.”
- Harold C. Schoenberg, THE GREAT CONDUCTORS