Thursday, December 17, 2009

Maestro Classics

Maestro Classics

I remember the story of Peter and the Wolf from when I was a child. If memory serves, we learned about the instruments of an orchestra through that musical story. I loved this and so was happy to discover Maestro Classics publishes CD's along the same line. These award winning "Stories in Music" are performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They currently offer Casey at the Bat, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Jaunita the Spanish Lobster, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Story of Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

M.C. Tortoise and Hare
We received The Tortoise and the Hare for review. The simple childhood fable is extended and put to music. This is followed by an "About the Story", a pretzel vendor song, an "About the Music", a sing along, and more. A booklet is included, containing bright colored illustrations and information about the orchestra, music notes and time signatures, turtles and rabbits, puzzles, and biographies of the composer/conductor, producer and narrator.

While the story itself is geared to a younger crowd, my children and I appreciated the quality of the CD. The music is beautiful, the narrating well done, and it was a joy to listen to and learn from. We would love to listen to something geared a bit older, such as The Story of Swan Lake or The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I would highly recommend these, as I can only imagine the other stories are just as well done. Two thumbs up!

Maestro Classics is available for $16.98 per CD. Currently there is a coupon code on the home page of their web site where you can order 3 CD's for $45.


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