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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Giveaway for "a Soldiers Tale" stories in Music CD 2/17-2/24

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Recently I was selected to do a review on "The Soldier's Tale" by Maestro Classics. Maestro Classics is the  winner of 50 prestigious awards for its "Stories In Music", CD series. It is dedicated to creating recordings that offer memorable listening experiences for the whole family -- albums where uncompromisingly great performances are woven into enchanting narratives, supplemented by expanded commentary and activities in beautifully illustrated, 24-page program booklets. Maestro Classics proudly announces the December 6 release of the company’s ninth CD, a sparkling rendition of Stravinsky’s masterpiece for narrator and chamber ensemble, L’Histoire du Soldat, retold for today’s young audiences as The Soldier’s Tale (Maestro Classics, $16.98, for ages 8+ and families, run time 55 minutes).



I received my CD, unwrapped it, and popped it into the computer. The kids and I gathered around in a little circle. We listened intensely. It is a great story with an even greater lesson.



The story opens with a soldier named Joseph stopping to rest by the roadside as he walks home to his village. Joseph has just taken out his violin and begun to play when an old man appears, offering to trade a mysterious book that can reveal the future in exchange for the violin. When the old man, who is really the Devil in disguise, convinces Joseph that the powers of the book can be used to gain great wealth, the soldier agrees, and the inexorable wheels of this Faustian morality play begin to turn. Joseph eventually recognizes that he has lost his family and friends, and that money does not bring happiness.



With eminent conductor Stephen Simon directing members of the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and narration by Yadu (a.k.a. Dr. Konrad Czynski), The
Soldier’s Tale is much more than your typical “classical music for kids”
CD.  Stephen Simon presents valuable information that enhances the meaning
of the music. Stravinsky’s music is so accessible that it really isn’t necessary
to know anything about the way it was composed in order to enjoy and appreciate
its very unique sound.  However, with a little background from the Maestro,
young listeners can learn a great deal about how this music connects to history
and culture. Even though Stravinsky was still a young man when he composed
L’Histoire du Soldat, he had traveled widely, spending time in most of the
cultural capitals of Europe and Russia, and had already composed music that was
world famous.  Maestro Simon not only paints a portrait of Stravinsky and
his times, he also expands upon exactly what was in Stravinsky’s music that
created so much discussion and is still so relevant to what we hear in concert
halls today.
We were memorized by the intensity of this store. I have an 8 year old and a 5 year old. They both LOVED it. My 5 year old would get up and dance around the room every time the music would play, and  when the narrator starting reading again, he sat back down.  When it was over, he asked to listen to it again. He also LOVED "The Amazing Baz Dance Remix". I think it is a great story and it gets kids out of the norm. They get to hear it, and are introduced to classical music all at the same time. This is definitely something I feel good about letting my kids listen to.


Maestro Classics recordings are available at maestroclassics.com,
amazon.com, and other major distributors and retailers.  In addition to The
Soldier’s Tale, the Stories in Music series includes My Name is Handel: The
Story of Handel’s “Water Music,” Peter and the Wolf, The Tortoise and the Hare,
The Story of Swan Lake, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mike Mulligan and His Steam
Shovel, Casey at the Bat, and Juanita the Spanish Lobster (also available in
Spanish).




"The Soldier's Tale" and other Maestro Classics recordings are available at maestroclassics.com, amazon.com, and other major distributors and retailers.



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22 Comments:

At February 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM , Blogger mlhuffman said...

My girls and I like to dress up and paint our nails. For my well he likes when I play video games with him...thats all hes into.

 
At February 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

We like to play video games together...

 
At February 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Virginia said...

We like to read together.

 
At February 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM , Anonymous Canna said...

We like to ready books together.

 
At February 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Silent Poet said...

I like to play video games with him

 
At February 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Tracy said...

My daughter and I love to play board games together.

 
At February 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM , Blogger hwscutie said...

Playing games and going to the park.

 
At February 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

We have quality time by reading a book or playing with his toys (:

 
At February 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One way we spend quality time is by reading a book, playing cars and balls he loves those 3 things the most.

 
At February 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

I read her books and sing to her in the car...she may or may not like that, lol but she's only 10 months old so maybe she doesn't mind

 
At February 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM , Blogger sandie333 said...

My children are grown with children of their own. Now just having an hour of alone time to talk is great. My goal with my 7 grandchildren is to make memories.

 
At February 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Holly said...

Reading, baking or taking long walks!

 
At February 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Sarah P said...

We like to watch movies and cook together

 
At February 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

WE GO OUT TOGETHER FOR LUNCH:) WATCH MOVIES

 
At February 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Tanya said...

Reading and watching movies.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous vanessa d. said...

we play on xbox 360 together, competing :)

 
At February 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Roe Clark said...

Playing games, making crafts, cooking together, watching movies, doing chores....

 
At February 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM , Blogger bethkelsay said...

Reading, reading and more reading

 
At February 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM , Blogger Betty Wojnar said...

I love playing baseball with the boys outside.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Anonymous nicole philavong said...

i love baking stuff with my 4 year old son he loves to make cupcakes and then he decorates it himself.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Blogger shawna durk said...

my granddaughter is getting where she likes to help me cook

 
At February 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Anne Milkie said...

I like to read a good book to my grandkids:)

 

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