Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Spring 2016 Storytelling
Ages: 5 & Up
CD Price: $16.98

An outstanding, kid - and adult-friendly introduction to that enduring, festive holiday staple, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, presented by the London Philharmonic, conductor Stephen Simon, and veteran storyteller Jim Weiss (Greathall Productions). The orchestra is top-of-the-line, Simon's adaptation of the music feels seamless, and Weiss' narrative adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann tale about Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, spaced with care within each section, includes vivid descriptions of how the ballet appears on stage. The illustrated CD booklet features an index of scenes, brief, well-written pieces about composer Tchaikovsky; the history of ballet, and of the harp; and a word scramble and crossword puzzle. A wealth of related educational material is available at the Maestro Classics website.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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