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Ryan, the youngest, has three portions of a suite by Alberto Ginastera all by himself. Danzas argentinas, Op 2, vividly portrays three segments of Argentinian society, 'Danza del viejo boyero' (Dance of the Old Cowherd), 'Danza de la moza donosa' (Dance of the Delightful Young Girl) and 'Danza del gaucho matrero' (Dance of the Artful Herdsman). There is no quibble about who's who in this version: the Old Cowherd is trying to convince himself and everyone else that he's still capable in this Latin perpetual motion. The delightful young girl is dreamy as she thinks of the tango, while the artful herdsman is full of swagger and busy-ness. It's all there in the music [listen -- track 12, 1:56-2:52].

Desirae, Deondra and Melody somehow manage to fit all of them and their six hands at one piano for Sergei Rachmaninoff's 'Valse' and 'Romance'. This is charming, lilting piano music at its best. You may even think you're hearing a part of one of the piano concertos before the music reasserts itself and goes on its own charming way [listen -- track 14, 0:00-1:06].

This CD has something for everyone -- of any age. It's charming, vivacious, passionate and gorgeously performed. Kudos to the un-named engineers as well.

The 5 Browns, who are Steinway artists, have a web-site which lists upcoming appearances as well as other informative bits: The CD is issued by RCA and is available everywhere:

Copyright © 4 April 2006 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA


The 5 Browns - No Boundaries

73339 DualDisc Stereo NEW RELEASE 60' 2006 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

The 5 Browns: Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae Brown

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Jazz Band version); Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña (Andalucia Suite); Aaron Copland/Antonín Dvorák: Simple Gifts/Going Home; John Novacek: Full Stride Ahead, Rag; Maurice Ravel: Feria (Rapsodie espagnole); Lowell Liebermann: III: Allegro moderato and IV Presto feroce (Gargoyles Op 29); Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 6; Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini; Alberto Ginastera: I Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the Old Cowherd); II Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Delightful Young Girl); III Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Artful Herdsman) (Danzas Argentinas Op 2); Sergei Rachmaninov: Valse; Romance; Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (from the 1911 version)


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