For those of you who do not know, Peter and the Wolf was composed by Sergei Prokofiev in Russia in 1936. What Maestro Classics has done is combined a great musical story, a narrator (Yadu), a flawless performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, along with tracks on their CD that help explain how to listen to music as well as historical information on the specific piece.
Each instrument represents a different character in the story. The CD has both the narrated story as well as just an instrumental version of the same story.
I was floored by the details in the CD. The 68+ minute CD comes in a a sturdy fold-out case which includes a booklet that gives information on the composer, conductor, narrator, and producer, as well as several "fun pages." These fun pages include a dot-to-dot, a matching page, mirror writing, and even a crossword puzzle.
Our Experience:The first time we all listened to the CD I was actually watching two other children and told them that this was going to be a musical story. And they all seemed enthralled by the music and the story. They all loved it. After it was over they all re-enacted it, which I thought was hilarious.
The next time those same children came over the little boy's first question to me was "are we going to listen to Peter and the Wolf again today?" I was shocked! He hadn't been in my house in over a week, but yet he remembered not only that we had listened to a musical story, but the name of that story. That is a testament to how well Maestro Classics is doing their job.
My Thoughts:I would highly recommend this series Stories in Music to anyone. This product is good for ages 2 on up to 100+. They have several other stories including The Story of Swan Lake and The Tortoise & the Hare. Each CD is $16.95 and well worth the money. And better yet they are having a sale! (and anyone who knows me or reads my blog should know that I love to save money.) Buy 3 CD's for $45 and you can get FREE shipping when you enter the discount codes.
You can also listen to samples here. And don't take my word on how good these CD's are. Listen to all the other families who reviewed their products too.
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