Ever since I can remember, the Nutcracker has been a part of our Christmas holiday celebration. This year, our decorating festivities will be quite different with the addition of The Nutcracker CD from Maestro Classics!
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The Nutcracker from Maestro Classics
My kids instantly recognized the voice of Jim Weiss from our audio versions of Story of the World. In this version, Weiss expertly narrates the story of Clara and the Nutcracker while accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with music by Tchaikovsky.
After some background information, the story is spun:
The Christmas Party, The Children's March, The Parents Dancing, Drosselmyer's Presents - The Mechanical Dolls, Grandfather's Dance, Everyone Goes to Bed, but Clara Hears the Mice, Christmas Tree Grows - Battle Scene with Mouse Kind and Toy Soldiers, Nutcracker Transforms into Handsome Prince - Clara and the Nutcracker Prince Walk Through the Snow to the Land of the Sweets, Waltz of the Snowflakes, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince Arrive at the Gates of the Land of the Sweets, The Sugar Plum Fairy Welcomes Them and Announces that the Entertainment is About the Begin, The Entertainment: Spanish Dance, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Russian Dance, Dance of the Shepherdesses with Reed Pipes, Mother Ginger, Waltz of the Flowers, The Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier Perform a Long Dance (Pas de Deux), The Sugar Plum Fairy Dances a Solo, Clara Finds Herself Back Home and Wonders if it has all been a Dream.
The liner notes include more information on the cd, the history of ballet, the harp, Tchaikovsky plus some fun word puzzles.
Final thoughts about The Nutcracker from Maestro Classics
What a joy it is to listen to Jim's voice over the wonderful London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is like getting a special look into this epic ballet. With the thought and detail of describing the dances, dancers and props in detail I really felt like I was at the ballet and not just listening to a cd!
You can visit the land of the Sugar Plums on Christmas Eve while battling the Mouse King and witness the the transformation of the handsome prince with this hour long cd presentation from Maestro Classics!
Each CD/MP3 set includes: a story set to music, recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, educational tracks, activity booklet and free downloadable curriculum guides.
Other titles include:
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Juanita the Spanish Lobster
- The Tortoise and the Hare
- The Story of Swan Lake
- Peter and the Wolf
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice
- My Name is Handel
- The Soldier's Tale
- Carnival of the Animals
- Merry Pranks of Master Till
- Casey at the Bat
As a special thank you, get 15% off your purchase at www.MaestroClassics.com by using the code FLUTE at the checkout!
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