Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 / Beintus: Wolf Tracks Kent Nagano & Russian National Orchestra
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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 wildlife preservation, a complex issue that transcends national boundaries.
The pairing of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with a new composition, Wolf Tracks by Jean- Pascal Beintus – 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 Orchestra and developed under the artistic direction of Kent Nagano.
Wolf Tracks is a tale that converts the image of the wolf from a fearsome creature to one that represents the imperative to cherish and protect natural resources. This is a contemporary perspective that encompasses the importance of recognizing the point of view of others, a value that lies at the core of understanding different people and cultures.
“Sophia Loren’s charming narration of Peter and the Wolf has a universal appeal. Children will surely love its friendly simplicity and innocence, and adults will appreciate the way this fine actress, without being in the least self-conscious, identifies totally with the story. She is helped by Kent Nagano’s alert yet relaxed pacing, and some superb individual characterizations by the orchestral soloists, especially the cat - so feline and slinky on the clarinet... Grandfather, too, is pert and dapper, yet persuasive in his authority on the bassoon, and the oboe’s melancholy is very winning at the close, when Loren’s last words are so gentle and touching. She makes one realize that the situation of the duck alive inside the wolf brings a dilemma virtually impossible to resolve, a perception which children readily share.' (Gramophone Magazine)
Mikhail Gorbachev, narrator
Sergei Markov, narrator
Sophia Loren, narrator
Bill Clinton, narrator
Russian National Orchestra
Kent Nagano, conductor
Winner of a 2004 GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.
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