Audio Books Released

In connection with World Children’s Day, the Russian National Orchestra and PENTATONE announced the release of two classical music audiobooks: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Sophia Loren, and Pedro y el lobo, narrated by Antonio Banderas.

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is the world's most famous children’s story built around classical music. Designed to introduce young audiences to symphony orchestras and their instruments, it showcases Prokofiev’s superb ability to bring a simple story to life, giving each character a recognizable motif and instrumental color.

These recordings, conducted by Kent Nagano, were originally released in 2004 as part of the RNO’s widely acclaimed Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Tracks project, for which the RNO became the first orchestra in Russian history to win a Grammy Award.

Enjoy a taste of the audio books

What They’re Saying

"[The] American-Russian Festival Orchestra, featuring distinguished players from the Russian National Orchestra and a number of prominent American orchestras...[conveys] a vital message to our participants and observers, that by working together we can share our musical and historical cultures and increase our understanding of one another."

Athena T. Blackburn

Founding board member, Festival Napa Valley