This new work for narrator and orchestra by Maestro Classics retells the traditional tale in a new, modern way. Hare wears fancy new running shoes and is sure he will win. But when he encounters a small French bistro, he cannot resist and stops for a bit of French onion soup. Meanwhile, Tortoise, played by the contrabassoon, trudges along, just wanting to finish the race. As Hare sleeps on after his delicious lunch, Tortoise crosses the finish line proving that "Slow and steady wins the race." New recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional track on the history of the fable, what to listen for in the music, "The Pretzel Vendor of Paris" sing-along song, and the 24-page activity booklet have earned this CD the Parents' Choice GOLD award.
This CD is part of the Stories in Music™ series of classical recordings for families produced by Maestro Classics and originally premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Maestro Stephen Simon and music educator/producer Bonnie Ward Simon have now recorded the series with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, adding additional educational and participatory tracks to each CD. Rave reviews nationwide and numerous awards have greeted this unique series with its signature format.
Other CDs in the series: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Juanita the Spanish Lobster (also available in Spanish language edition Juanita la langosta española), Casey at the Bat, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Peter and the Wolf, and The Story of Swan Lake.
Each CD is a combination of music and educational information designed to give the listener ideas on what to listen for and how to listen. It is the “backstage pass” into the minds of the author, composer, and conductor, namely the creators of the work. The CDs also include sing-along or play-along tracks for audience participation.
Excellent for family car trips, school carpool, music teachers’ music appreciation classes, and elementary school teachers who want to include music in their classrooms.
Three significant benefits:
1. Discover the magical sounds of the symphony orchestra.
2. Encourage adults and children to listen to music together.
3. Improve listening skills and accumulate musical memories.