It was inevitable that it would happen eventually.
That even classical music, that well-known bastion of serious artistic
intent, would court younger listeners with a cute family group of
sisters and brothers aged 19 to 25.
While the classical world has always looked at new
ideas for popular crossover with skepticism (remember the flack over Vanessa-Mae's sexy album covers about ten years ago?), in the long run talent will
out. So even if Melody or Desirae or Gregory or Deondra or Ryan become
pin-ups of the classical teen set, you can't deny that these siblings can
In fact, they are the first five members of the same
family ever to be accepted simultaneously in New York's prestigious and
notoriously picky Juilliard School. All five are virtuoso piano
players, but all have slightly different styles and strengths which
flatter their bandmates.
The idea of five dueling pianos all going at once
could sound like anarchy, but due to years of work together the Browns know
how to compliment each other without overwhelming the music. A short
run-through of "Flight of the Bumblebee" and an atmospheric medley of songs
from West Side Story show prodigious skill.
Just as impressive are the songs when the Browns are
allowed to go more minimalistically, in duet or solo performances.
Gregory Brown does a gorgeous version of Rachmaninoff's "Elegie from
Morceaux de fantasie, Op. 3" and sister Melody is expert on "L'Isle
Joyeux" by DeBussy.