Both of my boys have been listening to classical music since before they were born and while we’ve taken a bit of a break from it lately, especially with all the children’s CDs we’ve been reviewing, Zackary and Benjamin are always happy to listen to fabulous music from some of the world’s most renowned composers.
I love the way that Benjamin will get so energized by a rousing piece and the way that Zackary will make comments about how the music makes him feel. So when I got the chance to review My Name is Handel, the newest CD in the award-winning Stories in Music series from Maestro Classics, I was thrilled.
The Stories in Music series is more than just a collection of CDs containing the best-known work of the greatest composers of all time.
They are also CDs that contain the stories of the composers themselves. Every CD contains a story set to music, educational tracks about the life of the composer and the creation of the music and an activity booklet.
While some of the stories are true “children’s stories” such as Peter and the Wolf or The Tortoise and the Hare, this CD contained the actual story of Handel’s life and I found it absolutely fascinating.
I was intrigued to learn that there is a theory that Handel may have been granted permission to travel to England so that he could act as a court spy under the guise of working as a musician!
The drama of his life was a story in itself and Handel’s music made the story even more meaningful. While the boys were a bit young to be interested in the tale of how Handel’s Water Music was composed, they were definitely not too young to enjoy the music itself and they both had a great time listening to the stirring pieces.
The music is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra so the quality of the playing is second to none. And the CD ends with a fun sing-along of one of Handel’s most famous melodies with kid-friendly lyrics added to the tune! I really enjoyed this CD both for its fabulous tracks of Handel’s music and for its educational value designed to increase music knowledge and appreciation.
If you’ve been looking for a child-friendly way to introduce your child to the world’s immortal composers, Stories in Music is the perfect choice for you. Check out My Name is Handel or any of the other amazing CDs today!
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