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Christmas with the 5 Browns

The 5 Browns

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The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35 (Excerpts Arr. J. Shumway for 5 Pianos)  
1.1
I. Miniature Overture
The 5 Browns
3:14
1.2
IIa. Danses caractéristiques. March
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2:31
1.3
IIb. Danses caractéristiques. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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1:51
1.4
IIc. Danses caractéristiques. Russian Dance
The 5 Browns
1:11
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147  
1.5
No. 10, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Arr. H. Bauer for Solo Piano)
Ryan Brown
3:40
Messiah, HWV 56  
1.6
No. 12, For unto Us a Child Is Born (Arr. C. Czerny for 3 Pianos)
Melody Brown; Deondra Brown; Desirae Brown
3:35
1.7
O Holy Night (Arr. J. Shumway for 2 Pianos)
Deondra Brown; Desirae Brown
4:17
1.8
Sleigh Ride (Arr. G. Anderson for 5 Pianos)
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3:04
1.9
Still, Still, Still (Arr. M Wilberg & M. Brown for 5 Pianos)
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4:07
1.10
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Arr. M. Brown for Solo Piano)
Melody Brown
3:44
1.11
Mariä Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52 (Arr. for Solo Piano)
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2:09
1.12
Weihnachtstraum, Op. 17 No. 9
Gregory Brown
1:53
1.13
The Skaters' Waltz, Op. 183 (Arr. First Piano Quartet for 5 Pianos)
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5:19
Elegien, BV 249  
1.14
No. 4, Turandots Frauengemach
Melody Brown
3:18
Carol Symphony  
1.15
IV. Finale (Arr. K. Olson for 5 Pianos)
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4:45
1.16
Carol of the Bells (Arr. J. Shumway for 5 Pianos)
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3:13
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    51:51
Closing in on 15 years since their self-titled 2005 debut heralded them as a revolutionary force in classical music that sparked an ongoing global phenomenon, The 5 Browns ­—Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae — find a unique way to express gratitude and share the joys of the season on their first-ever holiday collection, Christmas with the 5 Browns. Produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse — who previously helmed their 2013 collection The Rite of Spring on the Steinway & Sons label — and recorded at Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey — Christmas with the 5 Browns features fresh, dynamic arrangements of both familiar and lesser known pieces. Six of the tracks on the album capture the group’s trademark transcendent magic with all five pianos played simultaneously. Others feature two pianos (“O Holy Night,” performed by Deondra and Desirae), solo spotlights by Melody, Gregory and Ryan and one piece (“For Unto Us A Child is Born,”) from Handel’s Messiah, arranged by Carl Czerny, performed on a single piano by the six hands of Melody, Desirae and Deondra. “Our wonderful fans have been asking us since the beginning of our careers when we would be releasing a Christmas album, and I think for a long time it wasn’t at the forefront of our minds, because we had so many other passion projects and priorities. After releasing The Rite of Spring, which was decidedly the most angsty work we ever recorded, we started to focus on memories and the beautiful things and special occasions in life – and the concept of this album grew out of that. I liken the decision to record the project to the choice we made to pool our talents and become The 5 Browns 15 years ago.” - Gregory Brown
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