The 5 Browns realize a lifelong collective dream with the release of their album, The Rite of Spring, recorded live at the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College.
The group of five pianist-siblings also perform exciting selections from The Planets by Gustav Holst and Greg Anderson's imaginative and sparkling paraphrase of Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns.
The Rite of Spring captures The 5 Browns’ electric performance of Stravinsky’s legendary composition on May 29, 2013—exactly one hundred years from the day of its riotous debut in Paris. Produced by Grammy-winner Adam Abeshouse, the performance was recorded live at the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in a show presented by SaratogaArtsFest. In addition to the Stravinsky piece, the album also features five-piano arrangements of three movements from Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Danse Macabre, a tone poem by Camille Saint-Saëns.
“Both daring and fun, the 5 Browns are a rare combination and a thrilling piano quintet.”
“The 5 Browns' development as a musical ensemble has been an exciting journey, one enhanced by their charm and intelligence as well as their willingness to create ever-higher targets for themselves.”
The Rite of Spring / The 5 Browns • STNS 30031
Release Date: 10/29/2013
Recorded live at Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York on May 29, 2013.
Producer/Engineer/Mastering: Adam Abeshouse
Assistant Engineer: Andy Ryder
Executive Producers for Steinway: Eric Feidner, Eric Feidner
Art Direction: Oberlander Group
Piano Technician: Richard Hester
About the Artists
The 5 Browns — Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae — all attended The Juilliard School in New York City, where they became the first family of five siblings to be admitted. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in 2002, when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns’ albums have collectively spent over 30 weeks in the #1 position on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.”
The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Today, and The View, to NPR’s Performance Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Entertainment Weekly.
The 5 Browns tour extensively in the United States and abroad and have performed in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Grand National Theater in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow. Individually and collaboratively, they have soloed with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris.
Additionally, filmmaker Ben Niles’ feature-length documentary “The 5 Browns: Digging Through the Darkness” has played at film festivals around the world and was labeled a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times.
The 5 Browns are exclusive Steinway Artists.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.