Saturday, January 7, 2012

TOS Crew Swan Lake from Maestro Classics Review!

The Story of Swan Lake
The Story of Swan Lake
Have you ever listened to Classical Music and wondered what exactly the composer was trying to convey or the story behind the orchestration?

I have.  And, if you are a black and white type  person, sometimes you just don't get it...period!

That's where Stories in Music from Maestro Classics comes in.

"Stories in Music is the award-winning audio CD Series for family listening.  These recordings for narrator and symphony orchestra introduce great music and classic stories, and provide the opportunity to develop important listening skills.

Three Major Benefits:
* Expand listening horizons
* Develop listening skills and accumulate musical memories
* Encourage adults and children to listen to music together.

Maestro Classics
I had the opportunity to review The Story of Swan Lake with my 13, 10, 8 and 2 year olds.

"The Story of Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet score, is the tale of a prince who falls in love with a beautiful princess. The princess, however, has been turned into a swan by an evil magician, and only the prince’s love can break the spell. This narrated version of the classic tale for children is sure to delight all who love ballet and enchanting storytelling.
A 24-page activity book included with the CD contains a biography of Tchaikovsky, information on acoustic and electric guitars, sheet music and words for a sing-along song, explanation of major and minor keys, puzzles and more. MP3 download from Maestro Classics website includes a PDF of the activity booklet."

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this CD!  The well-told story of Swan Lake is nicely interspersed throughout the musical score.  Also on this CD are interesting facts about Tchaikovsky's life & music, fun activities and a 'rad' speed-metal version of Swan Lake that is guaranteed to catch your ear!

As a bonus, on their website is an interactive Homeschool Curriculum Guide to accompany each CD!

These CD's are appropriate for ages 5+ and families, and retails for $16.98 for each CD or $9.95 for each download mp3.

Also included in this series:  Peter and the Wolf, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, My Name is Handel, The Tortoise and the Hare, Casey at Bat, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Juanita and the Spanish Lobster, and The Soldier's Tale.

Here's what other crew members are saying!

Disclaimer:  I received a CD free of charge in exchange for an honest review!
Maestro Classics

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