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TOS Review – Maestro Classics

on December 18, 2009

Here in our house we are rather big fans of listening to stories and music on stereo.  Adding to the cacophony of noise in the house, is usually something playing in the background.  The kids like to be crafty while listening to Adventures in Odyssey, and I can often more easily get them to help fold clothes or do other repetitive (um.  boring?) chores like that when we are listening to something interesting.

Enter in Maestro Classics.  These guys have a whole bunch of different stories set to classical music.

8 CDs combining classic literature with great symphony orchestra music are currently available at $16.98 each.  There are also 3 gift sets including books are also available.
We on the crew were blessed to receive the Tortoise and the Hare to review, but Maestro Classics also has available

Peter and the Wolf
The Story of Swan Lake
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Casey at the Bat
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Juanita the Spanish Lobster
Juanita la longosta espanola

I am yearning to get my hands on Swan Lake and Mike Mulligan!  Mike Mulligan is a favourite story around here.  I bet it is stunning set to music.

My hooligans really liked the Tortoise and the Hare.  The cd starts by simply telling the story, set to music.  The music, done by an amazing orchestra, matches what is happening in the story.  For example, the music for the hare is very fast… that for the tortoise is very slow and low.

After the initial telling of the story, there’s a breakdown from the composer as to why he chose and wrote the music that he did for which parts.  He even counts out some of it!  Then the story is told again, allowing for the children to take note of what the composer was explaining to them.

The Tortoise and the Hare was almost an hour long, and very enjoyable.  All of my hooligans, as well as the hooligans that I babysit, have asked to listen to it several times now.  While it is a children’s story, and intended for children, it does not in any way make me want to stab knitting needles into my ears…  a good evaluation point, I think.

Each cd is $16.98 (American funds)

Gift Sets are $24.99

You can read what my fellow crew mates had to say here.

Disclaimer: The only compensation that I received for this review was a free copy of the materials. I will give honest and truthful reviews, and where concern is warranted, it will be noted.


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