Clinton and Loren Record RNO CD
- Dec 17, 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.
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.
Sophia Loren and Wilhelm Hellweg (producer)
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