The 5 Browns



The family that plays together…

What parents need to know

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Parents need to know that the young artists are siblings -- and they make beautiful music together.

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What's the story?

THE 5 BROWNS album is performed by five talented, young sibling musicians who, we're told, all attended Julliard at the same time. You'll find a selection of classical pieces that is recognizable and easy to listen to, though could have been more imaginative. There's a little Leonard Bernstein (selections from West Side Story), some Debussy (a beautifully played \"L'Isle Joyeuses\"), \"The Sorcerer's Apprentice,\" \"Flight of the Bumble Bee,\" \"In the Hall of the Mountain King.\" Only four of the 11 tracks feature all five Browns -- arrangements for five pianos must be hard to come by.

Is it any good?


Imagine -- a talented group of young artists and no offending lyrics to worry about. The familiarity of most of the tunes (especially those heard many times before in musicals and Disney movies) makes the CD a fine choice for introducing young people to classical music. Some of us can't help but wonder, though, if there's a sixth Brown sibling hiding out somewhere with a boom box, or perhaps a ukulele...

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sibling rivalry. Is it an issue in your house? Use this album as either an incentive or deterrent; for example: "See what you can achieve if you get along?" or "You think youhave it bad? These poor kids have to practice piano together!"

Music details

Artist:The 5 Browns
Release date:February 22, 2005
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymoviegoer1 April 20, 2013

The Five Browns

I find it absolutely ridiculous that one thinks that the list of tracks could have been more imaginative. A great example of an imaginative work on the CD is L'Isle Joyeuse, an impressionistic piece that is evokes thought in the mind when executed well. Another imaginative piece by Ravel entitled La Valse. That is a truly groundbreaking work, known for its strange harmonies. It was a truly revolutionary piece when it was composed. I honestly do not understand how the track list could have been better. Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Grieg, Bowen, Bernstein... It couldn't have had any more variety. It covers the Romantic and Contemporary eras of piano repertoire very well and shows all of the different kinds of music that was composed during the time. Yes, it only includes Romantic and Contemporary because those are more virtuosic than most classical and baroque pieces, with the exception of a few of the large scale Beethoven sonatas. It is a wonderful CD. Not every single piece is recognizable (The Rachmaninov pieces, for example, are not recognizable to the general public). Great musicians playing some very treacherously difficult works. Age is not even a factor with this CD. Any age can listen as long as they have a large enough attention span.


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