I’ve reviewed Maestro Classics a few times on the Review Crew, but when it came up again as a possibility, I didn’t hesitate. Stories on CD (and tape… yes, we still have those! The tape player is getting finicky lately though, so thankfully, Maestro Classics is more with the times and offers CDs…) are pretty popular around here, particularly at bedtime. I received Peter and the Wolf on CD, complete with a little study guide tucked inside, for review.
After the story was over, we heard the story of Sergei Prokofiev and how the story came to be. Learning more about him was pretty interesting and helped it be something more than mere entertainment. There’s also an online study guide to make a unit study of the story and materials on the CD on the Maestro Classics website. Total playing time is just over an hour, with the story portion of that being about 25 minutes. The description of the music, a musical speech-free version of the story, a short section of folk instruments and more rounded out the playing time on the CD.
We have enjoyed everything we’ve heard from Maestro Classics! They are so very much more than just a story on a CD. They have quite a few titles offered in similar format to Peter and the Wolf. Check them out! To read what the rest of the Crew thought of both this classic and the Maestro Classics offering of The Nutcracker, check out the Review Crew Blog.