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.
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Everett Porter, Jean Marie Geijsen
Orchestra recorded at the Scottish Rite Center Oakland California
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||April 17, 2015|
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.
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.
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.
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