The 5 Browns

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents need to know that the young artists are siblings -- and they make beautiful music together.

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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... Continue reading

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...

Talk to your kids 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
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Classical
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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