The 5 Browns [DualDisc]by The 5 Browns
What do you get when a quintet of clean-cut, piano-playing siblings from Utah enter New York's Juilliard School? A recording contract, naturally, but also an abundance of exuberant and accomplished music making. The 5 Browns -- currently aged 19 to 25 -- stand to appeal to a broad audience with this debut album, thanks to their youth and enthusiasm. Their performance style is in the classical virtuoso tradition, as is their choice of repertoire, which comprises such pops-concert favorites as Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story dances, performed by the whole family in new transcriptions for piano quintet. It's tremendous fun, with 50 fingers producing an overwhelming quantity of energy and sheer sound. Paul Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice -- familiar from Mickey Mouse's battle with the magically replicating brooms in Fantasia -- makes a particularly appropriate selection for the team, as the menacing tune grows from nothing into a monumental musical army. The Browns wisely avoid tiring the ear by also including several solo and duet numbers, showcasing their individual talents and personalities. The oldest siblings, sisters Desirae and Deondra, are a dazzling piano duo team; their subtly shaded performance of Ravel's La Valse is perhaps the most impressive track here. Gregory reveals himself as a full-blooded Romantic in a Rachmaninoff "Elégie," while Melody shows a playful spirit in Debussy's L'Isle joyeuse. Ryan, the youngest, sounds as mature as his elders in a compelling performance of the program's most serious work, Prokofiev's Third Sonata. If all this music isn't enough, you can flip the CD over, put it in your DVD player, and see the siblings in action in a pair of video clips. Taken individually or together, the Browns transcend their novelty value through the force of their charisma and their phenomenal collective talents.
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- The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - 5 Browns
- West Side Story, musical: Scenes - Leonard Bernstein - 5 Browns
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra - Paul Dukas - 5 Browns
- La valse, poème choréographique for piano or 2 pianos - Maurice Ravel - Deondra Brown - Desirae Brown
- Tabatière à musique (Music Box) for piano, Op. 33/3 - Ignaz Friedman - Melody Brown
- Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16: No. 4 - Sergey Rachmaninov - Ryan Brown
- Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: Elégie - Sergey Rachmaninov - Gregory Brown
- L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 106 - Claude Debussy - Melody Brown
- Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28 - Sergey Prokofiev - Ryan Brown
- Toccata for piano, Op. 155 - York Bowen - Gregory Brown
- Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg - 5 Browns
Performance Credits5 Browns Primary Artist
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What a great CD!! The music is fresh and alive, and takes on new meaning as it is reintepreted by the youthful Browns! The hard work and dedication that have brought them to this point are clearly evident in the outstanding performances found on the CD! This is a great addition to any classical library, as well as an excellent introduction to classical music for the novice.
The music is crisp, the sound is perfect. Thank you for the care that was put into this, I appreciate the music.
I LOVE the 5 browns. Such lively and upbeat music. I listen to them all the time. I am going to go see them in concert. A great addition to any classical cd collection.
Each of the 5 siblings is a virtuoso concert pianist. Their performances are brilliant. I recommend that you consider making this CD a part of your collection.
The 5 Browns are a very dynamic quintet. They bring out the full power, emotions and flavors of the music they play. Their clairity of execution is absolutely clean and invigorating. They will expand the enjoyment of classical music beyond measure. The world is lucky to have them.