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Serge Prokofiev: Peter and The Wolf - Jean-Pascal Beintus: Wolf Tracks

Mikhail Gorbachev, Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton, Russian National Orchestra, Kent Nagano

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Mikhail Gorbachev; Sergei Markov; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Sophia Loren; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Sophia Loren; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Mikhail Gorbachev; Sergei Markov; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Wolf Tracks
Bill Clinton; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Mikhail Gorbachev; Sergei Markov; Russian National Orchestra; Kent Nagano
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    47:48
Grammy Award - Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 2004

"... sonically impressive ... (the) score is forest fresh, it’s all in aid of charity and only a real Scrooge could complain."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... should get plenty of attention ... Nagano leads the RNO with a light hand and his wind soloists are especially excellent. Sophia Loren is (an) expressive narrator ... the orchestra has been richly and closely recorded ..."
- Fanfare

"... has a universal appeal. Children will surely love its friendly simplicity and innocence and adults will appreciate the way (Sophia Loren), without being in the least self-conscious, identifies totally with the story. She is helped by Kent Nagano's alert yet relaxed pacing ..."
- Gramophone

The pairing of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with a new composition, Wolf Tracks by Jean-Pascal Beintus, in performance and on this Grammy-winning 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. This record features such luminaries as Sophia Loren, Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton, all of whom donated their share of the royalties to charity. Nagano and the RNO do a superb job realizing Prokofiev's masterful assembly of orchestral colour.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz / 1-bit DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Executive Producer for PentaTone: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Everett Porter
Recording engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Editing: Everett Porter / Sebastian Schick / Sebastian Stein
Special thanks to Andrew Demery, Gus Skinas and David Kawakami from Sony for their SACD support
Orchestra recorded August 2002 at the Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, California, USA
Special thanks to Kathy Geisler and Alex Kirkpatrick
Narration (Clinton + Loren) recorded December 2002 at the Rehearsal Hall of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva, Switzerland
Special thanks to Brigitte Stockmann and Steve Roger
Introduction (Gorbachev) recorded February 2003 at the office of The Gorbachev Foundation,
Moscow, Russia
Translated narration (Markov) recorded March 2003 at Polyhymnia Baarn

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: DPA 4006, Neumann KM100 series, and Schoeps with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Microphone pre-amps: custom built by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to DCS DSD AD convertor
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul

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