Peter and the Wolf (2003)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra

Kent Nagano

This is a unique collaborative project that demonstrates the power of music to bring people together. it is a model of cooperation also relevant to wldlife preservation, a complex issue that transcends national boudaries.

The pairing of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with a new compositon, Wolf Tracks by Jean Pascal Beinus - in performance and  on a surround sound recording - is the result of the commitment of artists, technical experts, world leaders and arts patrons from many countries. the project was conceived by the Russian national Orcheestra and developed under the artistic direction of Kent Nagano.

 

Read more

Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years.  His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s The Nose (Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Châtelet, Paris), Hindemith’sCardillac (Opéra national de Paris)Dialogues des Carmélites (Metropolitan Opera) and at the Salzburg Festival Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zemlinsky’s Der Koenig Kandaules, Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and the world premiere of Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.  Other world premieres include Bernstein’s A White House Cantata and operas by Peter Eötvös (Three Sisters), and John Adams (The Death of Klinghoffer and El Niño).

Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2008.  His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor.  Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).

Read more

Peter and the Wolf (2003)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra

    Fanfare

Here’s a recording that should get plenty of attention... Kent Nagano leads the Russian National Orchestra with a light hand, and his wind soloists are especially excellent. Sophia Loren is [an] expressive narrator... Former President Clinton renders Kraemer’s words with the same sort of down-home feeling and intelligence that made him such an effective politician... Beintus’s music [is] solidly crafted... The orchestra has been richly and closely recorded... It’s hard to object to the motivations behind this project. Unless you’re against World Peace, or wolves.

    BBC News

An unlikely trio made up of two former world leaders and an actress have won one of the music world's top accolades. Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former US President Bill Clinton and actress Sophia Loren won a Grammy for their recording of the Russian folk tale Peter and The Wolf. It took the prize for Best Spoken World Album for Children.

    Sound Stage

I would recommend this Peter and the Wolf as one of the better ones in the catalog and surely the best recorded... Sophia Loren proves to be a splendid narrator, imbuing her reading with charm and an innate sense of drama. The orchestra’s soloists play splendidly.

Peter and the Wolf (2003)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra

Producer: Wilheim Hellweg
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: Orchestra recorded at the Scottish Rite Center Oakland California
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

Quality & Channel Selection
Select Quality and Channels to calculate the price below More info

Quality

  • DXD
  • 64
  • 128
  • 256
  • 512

Channels

This album is available as ST+MCH download (Stereo + Multichannel)
Included in any DSD purchase is access to the base DSD64 resolution. All DSD capable units will be able to play DSD64.
Album Download duration price
PTC5186011: Peter and the Wolf
00:47:49   Select quality & channels above
Tracks.
1.
Prologue (narrator - Mikhail Gorbachev)
Prokofiev
00:01:33   Select quality & channels above
2.
Introduction (narrator - Sophia Loren)
Prokofiev
00:01:38   Select quality & channels above
3.
Serge Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (narrator - Sophia Loren)
Prokofiev
00:23:28   Select quality & channels above
4.
Intermezzo (narrator -Mikhail Gorbachev)
Prokofiev
00:01:08   Select quality & channels above
5.
Jean-Pascal Beintus - Wolf Tracks (narrator - Bill Clinton)
Prokofiev
00:19:02   Select quality & channels above
6.
Epilogue (narrator - Mikhail Gorbachev)
Prokofiev
00:01:00   Select quality & channels above

User Reviews

Other albums from this label