Maestro Classic provides Stories in Music
Maestro Classics makes learning about music fun as well as entertaining. Their award-winning CD’s share not only the music but the stories behind the music. There are two types of CD’s one is a study of classic music pieces and the stories behind it. The other set retell popular and classical children’s stories to music. You can purchase individual CD’s or purchase as sets. You can check out their website for more information on all the great selections as well as get a little taste of the music.
Stories in Music we got to Review
We reviewed two of the classical music CD’s. We reviewed My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel’s “Water Music” and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Both feature the London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor, Stephen Simon and narration by Yadu. Both CD’s come with booklet that takes you even further into the music.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice CD features the story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice told with the composition playing in the background. Then it tells the story of the composer and the story behind the music. There is a section that highlights different sections of the music. You then have the chance to listen to the piece without the narration. There is even a short section that gives your child a chance to practice their percussion skills. The total playing time is 41:32. The booklet has some really cute illustrations. It covers some history, the orchestra, and some games. You get the chance to learning about pitched percussion and the mallets that play them. There is even information on music competitions for drum and bugle corps.
My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel’s “Water Music” features a long piece of Handel’s Water Music with narration that shares the story of Handel and his Water Music. There is a cute little song about Handel, with a chance to sing the song along with the CD. The total running time for this CD is 48:45. The booklet features some beautiful water-color illustrations that tie in with the theme of water music. In the booklet we can read the story of George Frederic Handel and learn more about the orchestra during Handel’s Time. There is a look at some of the churches found in Handel’s London. With this CD we learn about the harpsichord and organ. We also learn more about the playing of Handel’s music during the King George’s barge trip up the River Thames. Finally, we can learn more about travel in Handel’s day.
How We Enjoyed Them
We listened to My Name is Handel as a family while traveling to camp. It was relaxing and a great selection to listen to while traveling. We all really enjoyed looking at the color illustrations while learning about the world that Handel lived. We listened to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice one afternoon as a family. Hannah made copies of the games that were in the booklet so that she could do the puzzles without writing in the book. We really didn’t do any additional activities beyond listening to the music and looking through the booklets.
I really loved the high quality recordings and loved the combination of music and narration. I think they are a great way to introduce classic music to your children in a fun and entertaining way. These CD’s could easily be used as a starting point for further study of music, art, or history.
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is recommended for ages 6 and up. And is really suited for the whole family. The CD with booklet is $16.98 or you can get a MP3 download for $9.98
My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel’s “Water Music” is recommended for ages 5 and up. Again this is suitable for the whole family. The CD with booklet is $16.98 and the MP3 download is $9.99.
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