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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Peter and the Wolf from Maestro Classics

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Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s orchestral masterpiece for kiddos has been a perpetual fave to children the world over for the past 70+ years. I remember hearing it for the first time in music class 20-some-odd, ahem, years ago and feeling the hairs rising on my neck as the wolf approached with his signature theme…the perfect way to introduce young children children to classical music and the orchestra. I’ll never forget what french horns sound like.

Maestro Classics has taken Peter and the Wolf a few steps further. This cd not only contains the classic tale, retold by narrator Yadu and accompanied by the London Philharmonic , but some extras, including:

  • a short bio on the composer presented by Bonnie Ward Simon
  • an explanation of the piece by the composer, Stephen Simon
  • the complete piece also as an instrumental

A complete study on the piece all on an audio cd. Brilliant. How’s that for a no-work-for-mom addition to your music appreciation program?

What did we think?

We love to listen to books on cd over lunch (an easy, pain-free way to add great literature to your homeschool by the way, while saving mom’s voice), so listening to Peter during our day was easy-peasy. I added music to our schedule without really trying (music is one of those subjects we tend to neglect), yes!

The entire cd runs about 60-minutes, with the first telling of the story running about 29 minutes (just about perfect to help break up the monotonous drive to Grandma’s house). The quality of the tracks is quite good, with the musical quality you would expect to hear from a world famous orchestra, and clear narration. I think I might be adding some more of these to our collection.

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Also available from Maestro Classics:

  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Story of Swan Lake
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Casey at the Bat
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Juanita the Spanish Lobster (also available in Spanish)

They are also adding free lesson plans to their website to help you make full use of these wonderful cds and don’t miss the free samples.

So how much?

Buy any one title from Maestro Classics for $16.98, or buy 3 for $45 right now (promo code: MAESTRO45)!

For more reviews of this product, please visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.

Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free copy of this product for review purposes. I received no compensation. The opinions reflected here are my own. I was not in any way obligated to write a positive review.

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