Russian National Orchestra
December 17, 2002

Clinton and Loren Record RNO CD

Sophia Loren, Kent Nagano and Bill Clinton at Russian National Orchestra recording session in Geneva, December 14, 2002

 

December 17, 2002 -- Former US president Bill Clinton and legendary actress Sophia Loren met in Geneva this past weekend to record the narration for a Russian National Orchestra CD to be released in 2003 by PentaTone Classics. The music is Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and a new piece, Wolf Tracks, by French composer Jean-Pascal Beintus. The RNO completed the orchestral tracks earlier this year under the baton of American conductor Kent Nagano. Mikhail Gorbachev will record an introduction for the CD in Moscow next month.

Kent Nagano hands Sophia Loren her headphones
Bill Clinton narrating

Wolf Tracks is a joint RNO-Russian Arts Foundation commission that puts a contemporary spin on the classic story of a boy and a wolf. Emphasizing sensitivity to the environment and the need for balance between man and nature, Wolf Tracks was developed under the artistic direction of Maestro Nagano, who conducted the debut performance in California in August 2002. The text is by award-winning broadcast writer and producer Walt Kraemer.

All three narrators will donate their royalties to charity: Clinton to the International AIDS Trust, whose advisory committee he co-chairs with Nelson Mandela, Loren to the Magic of Music, an arts therapy program for youth sponsored by the RNO, and Gorbachev to Green Cross International, which he founded in 1993. Proceeds will also be shared with wildlife organizations, including the New York-based Wolf Conservation Center.

Bill Clinton, Job Maarse (Head of A&R PentaTone Music BV) and Wilhelm Hellweg (producer)
From left to right: Rick Walker (International Manager RNO), Giel Bessels (Managing Director PentaTone Music BV), Bill Clinton, Sophia Loren, Edoardo Ponti (son of Sophia Loren), Kent Nagano
Sophia Loren, December 14, 2002
Bill Clinton with the participants in RNO recording session, December 14, 2002
Sophia Loren and Wilhelm Hellweg (producer)
Wilhelm Hellweg, Sophia Loren and Kent Nagano in recording control room

 

For press about the Geneva sessions, click here.

For more information, please see:

Russian National Orchestra
Russian Arts Foundation
PentaTone Classics