Candide – tape 1307

Sticking with the Classical Music theme for this tape, which has what’s billed as the Definitive concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, at the Barbican Centre, which turned out to be Bernstein’s last concert.

I’ll let Bernstein himself explain what it’s all about.

He also gives more background to the writing of the project in an introduction to Act 2.

Candide is a wonderful work. I’ve seen it performed, slightly abridged, in concert at the Proms, but never fully staged. It has some fabulous songs, and the overture is a masterpiece in itself.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th December 1991 – 16:35

After this, there’s a trailer for Opera on BBC2. Then the News, leading with a ceasefire in Georgia. The recording stops during the sports news.

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