Lillian Hellman version was the first. I wish I had the money to buy ALL of them. I think it’s Berstein theater music at it’s best- some think it’s Bernstein in general at his best but I’m not familiar enough with some of the more scholarly works to venture an opinion on that.
I have 2 CD’s coming, the first original (1956) and another of the several that was conducted by Berstein himself. As far as I can find out, Barbara Cook appeared in the very first production and no other, but I could be wrong on that. Gotta find a chronological list with details somewhere….
Saul, to highjack my own thread- did you notice that there are three Salzedos on the classified page? No old ones though.