Review: The Nutcracker from Maestro Classics

Maestro Classics_zps27pnhxwlMy boys love to listen to classical music!  They tell me it is pretty, often relaxing, sometimes exciting, and just something different that they enjoy.  An amazing company called Maestro Classics just gave my family that very opportunity when they offered to let us review the The Nutcracker. I knew this was a review I had to be a part of after reviewing Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel and Handel last year.  We loved those titles so much that I went ahead and purchased a few more since.  Maestro Classics has become an integral part of our musical curriculum. 

Maestro Classics is just one of those companies that provides a special product that can add a sweet richness to your family’s learning.  They make life simple for me as a Homeschooling mom as they do all of the work for me.  Their CDs are fantastic and so enriching plus they provide the supplemental materials to dive deeper into your study of music. The show you the history connections, teach you the stories of the composers, they explain the musical instruments and so much more.   These are studies your whole family, young and old, will enjoy doing together.  

The Nutcracker may be just the perfect musical learning experience for your family this upcoming holiday season.

The Nutcracker by Maestro Classics_zpsbe6mbswh

The Nutcracker is a full hour long adaptation of the ballet story of the Nutcracker I grew up enjoying every Christmas season.  Whether the story came to me on video or through some illustrated children’s book I’ve always found the story and the dance to be magical.  I introduced my children to a version of the ballet on video a few years ago and revisiting in has become a holiday tradition for us.  Adding Maestro Classics brings a new element to our tradition. 

In this condensed version of the Nutcracker story about Clara and the Nutcracker Prince plus the Sugar Plum Fairy the scenes come to life your imagination as it is narrated by Jim Weiss and the wonderful music performed by the New York Philharmonic.  The story and classical music seamlessly flow together and the result is exquisite and so much fun to hear.  You will listen to a total of 21 tracks as you move through music from all sections of the ballet.

Along with the CD there is a little activity booklet. Inside you will find the following:

  • an outline of the Nutcracker story
  • a history of ballet
  • some music for the nutcracker
  • the history of the harp
  • some biographical information about Tchaikovsky
  • word scrambles and crossword puzzles

To bring the study even further Maestro Classics even offers a free curriculum to accompany The Nutcracker right on their website.  You can download, print and go. In fact they offer curriculum guides for all of their music CD offerings.  

What Did We Think?

If I haven’t made it clear by now we absolutely adored it.  This one, just like all of our Maestro Classic audio CDs, will be listened again and again and absolutely treasured.  If you are looking for a great educational music experience that ties into the Christmas Season, if you are studying great classical works of music, if you are interested in ballet, or if you are studying Russia then you can get so much use of The Nutcracker.

My family is looking forward to December.  We have plans to cut back on some of our typical homeschooling in order to dive into the unit study guide I spoke of earlier.  It’ll be the perfect time of year for it.

There aren’t enough words to describe just how wonderful any of the Maestro Classics CDs are.  I’ll never regret investing in the ones I’ve purchased and I’m very grateful for the ones, like The Nutcracker that I’ve been given to review. 

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