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In Hollywood

Audio Samples

>Anderson, Greg : Star Wars Suite, for 5 pianos (after John Williams)
>Bernstein, Elmer : To Kill a Mockingbird
>     Main Title
>Anderson, Greg : Over the Rainbow, suite for 5 pianos (based on themes from The Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen)
>Joplin, Scott : Solace
>     A Mexican Serenade, for piano
>Anderson, Greg : Three Waltzes for 5 Browns (Disney Movie Medley), for 5 pianos
>Glass, Philip : The Hours
>     Morning Passages
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Marianelli, Dario : Atonement
>     Theme
>Williams, John : Catch Me If You Can
>     Opening Credits
>Rota, Nino : Romeo and Juliet
>     A Renaissance Timepiece
>Russ, Patrick : Hitchcock Movie Suite, for 5 pianos (after Bernard Herrmann)

Album Summary

>Anderson, Greg : Star Wars Suite, for 5 pianos (after John Williams)
>Bernstein, Elmer : To Kill a Mockingbird
>Anderson, Greg : Over the Rainbow, suite for 5 pianos (based on themes from The Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen)
>Joplin, Scott : Solace
>Anderson, Greg : Three Waltzes for 5 Browns (Disney Movie Medley), for 5 pianos
>Glass, Philip : The Hours
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Marianelli, Dario : Atonement
>Williams, John : Catch Me If You Can
>Rota, Nino : Romeo and Juliet
>Russ, Patrick : Hitchcock Movie Suite, for 5 pianos (after Bernard Herrmann)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years," the New York Post wrote last year of The 5 Browns, adding, "When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they'll make you forget about Marshall amps." A youthful, all-American quintet of brothers and sisters, each a virtuoso concert pianist, The 5 Browns swept the classical world in 2005 with the release of their self-titled first recording, which landed them at the top of the weekly Billboard charts and, at the end of the year, as one of the Top Classical Artists of 2005. Six more hit classical recordings later, the 5 Browns finally make their way to Hollywood. The 5 Browns relive their favorite childhood memories of watching movies together with their newest album, with styles ranging from the sci-fi fantasy world of Star Wars to hills of Austria in The Sound of Music. All of the music for this recording was especially arranged for The 5 Browns.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (10/19/2009-10/22/2009).

As the 5 Browns' E1 Entertainment release The 5 Browns in Hollywood hit the stands, there was a flurry of articles going around examining the phenomenon that a one-time defining concern that a musician, particularly in the pop field, was guilty of "selling out" had ceased, in the 21st century, to be an issue. For some, the terms "selling out" and "going Hollywood" mean essentially the same thing, and yet by virtue of going Hollywood here, nothing could be further from the intentions of the 5 Browns in making this album. They grew up with, and continue to appreciate very deeply, the music in Hollywood films and The 5 Browns in Hollywood is a very sincere effort to extrapolate what they like about film music; it comes from a heartfelt place and makes for some exciting and attractive listening. In this collection, the various Browns appear singly, in sub-divisions, and full group mode and play their hearts out on a program -- largely arranged to some degree as is necessary -- made up of mostly classic and a few relatively contemporary film themes. There are many fine highlights here; the dynamic heft of the full group brings fire to suites based on Star Wars, Bernard Herrmann's themes for Hitchcock, some Disney tunes, and others. Exceptionally noteworthy among the smaller gatherings is Gregory Brown's sensitive take on Scott Joplin's "Mexican Serenade" Solace -- featured, you'll remember, in the 1973 Oscar winner The Sting -- and Ryan Brown's turn playing a fine solo arrangement of music from Philip Glass' score for The Hours. So many cheesy, half-hearted Hollywood-themed classical albums have appeared over the years that one could easily understand a little reticence in picking this one up, but there's absolutely no reason to avoid it; it's a strong effort, fun, and just about as entertaining as a good movie.~Uncle Dave Lewis



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Works Details

>Anderson, Greg : Star Wars Suite, for 5 pianos (after John Williams)
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bernstein, Elmer : To Kill a Mockingbird :: Main Title
  • Performers: Desirae Brown (Piano); Deondra Brown (Piano); The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Anderson, Greg : Over the Rainbow, suite for 5 pianos (based on themes from The Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen)
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Joplin, Scott : Solace :: A Mexican Serenade, for piano
  • Performers: Gregory Brown (Piano); The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Anderson, Greg : Three Waltzes for 5 Browns (Disney Movie Medley), for 5 pianos
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : The Hours :: Morning Passages
  • Performers: Ryan Brown (Piano); The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
  • Performers: Melody Brown (Piano); The 5 Browns
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marianelli, Dario : Atonement :: Theme
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, John : Catch Me If You Can :: Opening Credits
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Rota, Nino : Romeo and Juliet :: A Renaissance Timepiece
  • Performers: The 5 Browns; Desirae Brown (Piano); Deondra Brown (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1966

>Russ, Patrick : Hitchcock Movie Suite, for 5 pianos (after Bernard Herrmann)
  • Performer: The 5 Browns
  • Ensemble: The 5 Browns
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.