Bernstein's opera/operetta is the non-identical twin of West Side Story, and shares with it some scintillating tunes and exuberant orchestration. Where this recording improves on West Side Story is in the casting, which is sympathetic and believable. Jerry Hadley makes a superb Candide, ably supported by June Anderson, Christa Ludwig as the Old Lady, and especially Adolph Green as the show stealing Dr Pangloss. This recording was released, as far as I remember, just after Bernstein's death, and he appears to taken immeasurable care with the recording. The songs surpass any others in the composer's output for muscial content, and the libretto is witty and polished. The storyline updates and at the same time is true to Voltaire's original, and the range of musical influences (and parodies) on display in this recording make this an enjoyable listen and re-listen. Very highly recommended.