Recording with the RNO

Antonio Banderas records with the RNO Mikhail Pletnev, founder and artistic director of the RNO, conducts Sophia Loren records with the RNO


The history of the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) is itself worthy material for treatment as a screenplay. The ensemble was handpicked in 1990, representing the finest musicians from orchestras all over Russia. The RNO has made over 80 critically acclaimed albums for Virgin, Deutsche Grammophon, PentaTone and other labels, as well as numerous independent and film score recordings for composers and studios from Europe, Asia and the Americas. In its short history, it has become known as one of the finest orchestras in the world. 

The RNO's recording of Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Tracks narrated by Bill Clinton, Sophia Loren and Mikhail Gorbachev won a 2004 GRAMMY Award, making it the first Russian orchestra ever to receive the music industry's highest honor. A Spanish language version narrated by Antonio Banderas was relased in 2006.

Luciano Pavarotti, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Ray Charles have been among the RNO's artistic partners, together with such classical luminaries as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Evgeny Kissin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson Thomas, Martha Argerich and Kent Nagano.

The RNO has been called "a major miracle" and "the greatest orchestra in the world" by the American press, and "the most important cultural story of our time" and "as close to perfect as one could hope for" by the British press. 

Recordings take place at Mosfilm Tonestudios and other state-of-the-art facilities.


Additional Information

The Orchestra

The size of the ensemble is tailored to meet the needs of your score, whether it requires one soloist or a 110-piece orchestra.

We can arrange for a leading adult or youth choir to give voice to your choral arrangements.



The Russian National Orchestra has over 80 recordings to its credit which have received many honors and awards. As one of the world's most sought-after and acclaimed symphony orchestras, it offers a cost/quality ratio that is second to none.


Recording Facilities & Equipment

We record in several facilities in Moscow, and have a longstanding relationship with Mosfilm's Tonestudios, the premier scoring complex in Russia. By way of example, Mosfilm's state-of-the-art audio and video recording services include:

  • Recording studios, including the famous Studio 1, large enough for the full Russian National Orchestra
  • Speech scoring / dubbing studios
  • Digital sound editing and mastering facilities
  • Post-production studios designed to Lucasfilm/THX specifications, using the latest technology for mixing, monitoring, dubbing and editing
  • Access Mosfilm's vast library of Foley and sound effects
  • Special rooms for audio monitoring and listening to audio recordings
  • 96 input console
  • 5.1 mix rooms and full service transfer facilities
  • Analog and digital capabilities
  • All required engineers, producers and technicians
  • ISDN connection, allowing a "virtual recording session" with clients situated anywhere in the world
  • 32 track Pro-Tools HD system
  • Sync to NTSC or PAL

Amenities & Additional Services

The RNO's professional, English-speaking staff can take care of your logistical needs including accommodations, visa invitations and customs clearance. All you need to do is get your team to Moscow and we will take care of the rest.

We will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel, and will arrange drivers, translators and other services you may require.

We can arrange meals, city tours, excursions to top museums, meetings with local officials and members of the arts community, and can provide insider access to Russia's renowned cultural institutions.



If you have created MIDI files in Digital Performer, Logic, or Cubase, we can orchestrate the music and distribute the parts to the musicians in advance of your arrival.

If your scores are handwritten, we can have the parts copied and entered into digital format.



Please contact us for a rate sheet and quote. Arrangements can be handled in the US, with payment by check or wire to a US or UK bank.



Paul Richardson
PO Box 567
Montpelier, VT 05601
ph. 802.223.4955

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What They’re Saying

"The Russian National Orchestra... has become a living symbol of the best in Russian art."

The Miami Herald