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Jun 8th, 2011
Candide at the Barbican reviewed

If anyone can claim a tradition of performing Candide, it is surely the London Symphony Orchestra. It was with the LSO and its Chorus that Leonard Bernstein conducted his operetta at the Barbican in 1989, followed by a studio recording and the creation of a definitive version of the score more than 30 years after its first performance. Since then, there has been another LSO concert performance, under Tilson Thomas, and now comes a third, this one conducted by Kristjan Järvi... Candide is now a remarkably resilient musical entity: having survived the attentions of a whole battalion of lyricists, it can transcend the shortcomings of any performance and still generate the ultimate feel-good ending. Järvi and his cast didn't let it down. [The Guardian]


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