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The Rite of Spring / The 5 Browns


Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Steinway & Sons   Catalog #: 30031  
Composer:  Gustav HolstGreg AndersonIgor StravinskyCamille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A revolutionary force in classical music and an ongoing global phenomenon since the release of their self-titled debut album, The 5 Browns realize a lifelong collective dream with this release of their new live album, The Rite of Spring – The 5 Browns: Live at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. This Steinway & Sons recording includes their arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and was recorded at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. 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 music by Camille Saint-Saëns, titled "Danse Macabre: Bacchanal Read more for 5 Pianos." - Steinway & Sons

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"[T]he magic of the Browns is that they aren't doing anything new, but what they are doing, they are doing real pretty. Undeniably masters of their instruments and their art, they could play lines of code and make it sound real pretty. It's a great diversion to hear them leap from Spring to some Planets to a Danse Macabre as they explore the realms of classical Goth lite...This is different for them and it's a winner throughout."
-- Midwest Record [10/30/13]


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Works on This Recording

1.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Mars by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 05/29-30/2013 
Venue:  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Greg Anderson. 
2.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Neptune by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 05/29-30/2013 
Venue:  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Greg Anderson. 
3.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 05/29-30/2013 
Venue:  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Greg Anderson. 
4.
Dance Macabre: Bacchanal for 5 Pianos [after Saint-Saëns] by Greg Anderson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Date of Recording: 05/29-30/2013 
Venue:  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The 5 Browns
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 05/29-30/2013 
Venue:  Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 
Length: 33 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeffrey Shumway. 

Featured Sound Samples

The Planets: Jupiter (Holst)
Dance Macabre (Anderson/Saint-Saens)
The Rite of Spring: Dance of the Earth (Stravinsky)

Sound Samples

The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. G. Anderson for piano ensemble): I. Mars, the Bringer of War
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. G. Anderson for piano ensemble): VII. Neptune, the Mystic
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. G. Anderson for piano ensemble): IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Dance Macabre: Bacchanal for Five Pianos (Based on Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Clans
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: The Summoning of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (arr. J. Shumway for piano ensemble): Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  5 Customer Reviews )
 What an overwhelming experience December 24, 2013 By Robert Glorieux (Merelbeke, Belgium) See All My Reviews "I was about 16 or 17 years old when a dear friend of mine (who passed away last year) let me hear an elpee containing a recording of "Le Sacre du Printemps" by I. Stravinsky. I must confess that I hated that work when I heard it for the first time : all those dissonants and a lack of melody gave me a negative sensation. Later on (after a lot of listenings) I began to appreciate this masterwork : it opened a complete new world to me and now I consider it as a milestone in the history of Classical Music (marvellous melodic lines and the power of the percussion parts). About the interpretation given by the "5 Browns" : from the first note I was completely catched by the convincing and extra-ordinary sounds produced by the five pianos. The sensation that I felt was so asthonishing and breathtaking that this version can easily compete with a performance brought by the finest world-orchestras. I can assure that every buyer of this CD (witch was for me the best purchase in many years) shall be blast away by what they will here....." Report Abuse
 GREAT MUSIC BUT POOR RECORDING AND SOUND November 26, 2013 By Raphael S. (River Ridge, LA) See All My Reviews "When I saw the ad for The Five Browns performing the "Rite of Spring" I snapped up a copy of the CD and eagerly awaited its arrival. "The Rite of Spring" is one of my favorite compositions to listen to. I put the CD in my new audiophile grade CD player and started to listen. My disappointment was almost immediate. The recording/sound was terrible. The sound was recessed and the dynamic range compressed. I ejected the disc after only a few minutes of play time. I did not return the disc for a refund because the recording was so bad that it did not deserve the effort. On a positive note Arkiv issued me a credit when I wrote to them with my reaction to the disc. Traditionally the piano is a difficult instrument to record and reproduce so I was not surprised by the poor sound of this disc. Stravinsky deserved better though. Finally, it is only fair to note that the poor quality of this disc is NOT representative of the sound of most of Arkiv's catalogue. I will remain a loyal customer." Report Abuse
 Le Sacre du Printemps: Last Rites for piano November 26, 2013 By Alexander Forbes (Phoenix, AZ) See All My Reviews "Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, even as originally scored, is a challenge for many classical enthusiasts. I fell in love with it in my early teens. Over the decades, I've since discovered other Stravinsky I like, such as his exquisite short Pastorale, but Rite of Spring is my first and favorite Stravinsky; I know it like the back of my hand. Other enthusiasts are going to ask, as I did, "How original! But how will the 5 Browns ever pull it off with only pianos?" I'm sorry to report that they don't, in my opinion anyway. If you are looking for a new piano experience and it doesn't particularly bother you that it doesn't begin to capture Stravinsky's inimitable and scandalous 1913 ballet, then you might find room for this in your collection as a piano oddity. If you were thinking of adding it to your Stravinsky collection, well, I found the 5 Browns rendition a disappointing one-off. It got one playing before being archived to the CD shelves, a purchasing failure that never made it into my big and eclectic iTunes libraries. I'm not a musician, and lack the musician's vocabulary, but I'm an enthusiastic listener. There ARE a few places where the piano might have replicated some of the rare tender or reflective moments in this Stravinsky work. The 5 Browns are obviously accomplished pianists. Alas, they fail to capture the complex tonal threads or overall mood of this piece, almost as if, and I say "almost" advisedly, they didn't quite understand Stravinsky's work. Perhaps the goal was to go where no piano had ever gone before, but, in my own opinion again, it's "last rites" for a mission that never arrived." Report Abuse
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