Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
09 Nov 2013

Candide: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Leonard Bernstein's groundbreaking musical assured Barbara Cook a major foothold in musical theatre history. Her cast album performance as Cunegonde is absolutely stellar, top-to bottom, in every single group number and of course, in her legendary rendition of the coloratura set piece, "Glitter and Be Gay." It's not just the operatic legitimacy Cook brings to the rangy role, but the warmth and character in her voice, the unique beauty and expressive edge, that make her work so compelling. In the decades since, there have been numerous recordings of Candide, but no Cunegonde can match Barbara Cook.