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    Default The Five Browns

    I saw this group (five siblings: two guys and three rather attractive girls, all in their twenties) at the main Philadelphia concert hall, the Kimmel Center. They were, for the most part, really great. They played a combination of five-piano arrangements of orchestral works, solo piano pieces, duets, and trios. The guys, I thought, were better than the girls; either that, or they just picked more interesting music. Some highlights:

    Greg Brown's performance of the Prokofiev Toccata- absolutely stunning. He kept that opening, driving rhythm throughout the entire piece, and his runs were magical.

    The finale, which was a five-piano transcription of the Stravinsky Firebird Suite. Wonderful, wonderful transcription with some very edgy playing by all five Browns.

    And one major disappointment:

    The three female Browns' rendtition of Debussy's Clair de Lune for six hands, which managed the unlikely feat of turning a spare, mellifluous, subtle Impressionist piece into a saccharine, overly-romantic, Thomas Kincaid Painting.

    In general, great talent and performances from these five musicians (NB: all of them, surprisingly, attended Julliard at the same time).
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    These guys are wonderful

    I've seen them, and they're quite enigmatic in concert... Their 'Rhapsody in Blue" is superb

    I personally prefer Gregory, but but they're all excellent

    I have their first two CD's...

    Not much more for me to say than that Definitely my favorite modern artists, though

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