Wolf Tracks composed by Jean-Pascal Beintus
The Foundation commissioned Jean-Pascal Beintus to compose Wolf Tracks, developed under the artistic direction of conductor Kent Nagano. The 2004 recording, narrated by President Bill Clinton, won the first Grammy by a Russian orchestra. The Wolf Tracks story is told from the perspective of the wolf. No longer the fearsome creature of Prokofiev's creation, the wolf becomes a reflection of the balance that must exist between human and wildlife populations in a modern world and represents the value of protecting earth’s natural resources.
The Pied Piper Fantasy composed by John Corigliano
This 40-minute concerto for flute and orchestra, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, is an interactive fairy tale. A young musician uses his artistic powers to cleanse the city of rats – but, after many years of living with corruption, the city's residents cannot so easily rid themselves of their bad habits of lies and greed. The children's pure souls are attracted to the truth and harmony which the musician brings into their lives. Unless the adults also get the message, all of their futures might be in peril...
"A dynamic show... The soloist's virtuosic passages were so
atmospheric and effortless that one kept wondering
whether his flute was truly magical!"
(Kultura weekly newspaper, January 2004)
The Russian National Orchestra offers an enchanting new production of The Pied Piper Fantasy – ideal for children's and family concerts.