Ensemble Vivant: More Acclaim

Palm Court Pleasures CD Review, Music Magazine

Here is the perfect light chamber music album … a little of everything to suit any taste … a wonderfully talented ensemble that performs with a warmth and flow that betrays an exceptional closeness … truly these players are more than just in-tune with each other … the overall effect is joyous and compelling.

Music Magazine, Canada

Ragtime Review, William Albright

Catherine Wilson’s Ragtime playing is second to none…virtuoso technique and beautiful touch with the right feel and grove combined with a rich musical imagination.

William Albright

American Ragtime composer, pianist

Leroy Anderson Review, Mrs. Leroy Anderson

Catherine Wilson was sensational in her performance of the Leroy Anderson Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson conducting the New York Pops. She brings a special lyric sensitivity to her performance, along with meticulous technical ability. Her presence and affinity for the piece are palpable.

Mrs. Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson Review, La Scena Musicale

Catherine Wilson’s affinity for Anderson’s music is much in evidence in this delightful recording… her sensitive piano playing shines.

Joseph So

La Scena Musicale

Leroy Anderson Review, Oakville Symphony Orchestra

Catherine Wilson’s playing possesses the perfect combination of superb musicality, passionate commitment, and a lyrical and delicate shading of tonal colours.

Roberto de Clara

Music Director

Oakville Symphony Orchestra

Leroy Anderson Review, Welland Tribune

Wilson is a dazzling performer to watch as well as listen to… there is technical perfection and keen emotionality…she left the audience suspended until the last notes of the concerto…Wilson’s performance was electric; she appears as though she feels every note she plays – at one with her music and instrument. (of Catherine Wilson’s performances with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra)

Welland Tribune

The Romantics CD Review, American Record Guide

They bring their own sound and sensibility to the music… every time I have played this recording I have enjoyed it – both for the playing and for the program.

American Record Guide, U.S.A.

Chamber Suite CD Review

This big piano chamber repertoire is beautifully and masterfully performed…insightful interpretations… Catherine Wilson’s playing seems to inhabit the soul of each composer whose work she performs.

CD reviews online

Audience Favourites CD, Toronto Star

…pianist Catherine Wilson and her collaborators achieve that all-too-rare balance between intellectual satisfaction and pure entertainment…this is a quality musical candybox.

John Terauds

Toronto Star

Chamber Suite CD Review

I couldn’t be more moved. Ensemble Vivant’s performance of The Old Toronto Klezmer Suite is rich with colour, imagination and deep soulful playing that reveals a profound understanding of this music. I was brought to tears by the tenderness and depth of pianist Catherine Wilson’s playing, and it is a joy to hear Catherine paired with the incomparable Joel Quarrington on double bass, and violinist supreme, Marie Bérard. The entire quintet is outstanding – this is a world-class ensemble in every way.

Srul Irving Glick

composer of The Old Toronto Klezmer Suite

Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD Review, Rick Wilkins

This is wonderful playing. The vitality with which the ensemble brings to these pieces is palpable. One needn’t have Latin blood in their veins to discern the commitment these musicians have to this project. (re Ensemble Vivant’s Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD, ODEG)

Rick Wilkins, C.M.

musician, composer, arranger

Latin Romance CD Review, A Web of Fine Music

Latin Romance is a tasteful and refined ode to the venerable tango…Ensemble Vivant brings a joy of music making that is truly infectious, inviting the listener to, if not get up and dance the tango, at least feel they are being transported to some warmer clime where they could watch dancers do it for them.

Mike Saunders

A Web of Fine Music

Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD Review, Julien Labro

This disc sings with heartfelt passion, tenderness, elegance and originality…a precious contribution to the roster of existing Piazzolla recordings…destined to become a classic.

Julien Labro

accordionist, bandoneonist, composer, arranger

Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD Review, Scene Magazine

Ensemble Vivant live up to their name with this lively, spirited and affecting production…flawlessly executed…Ensemble Vivant’s heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Adios Nonino alone is reason enough to add this disc to the collection – but it’s hardly the only one.

Chris Morgan

Scene Magazine

Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD Review, Amazon

Tango anyone? Ensemble Vivant shines! … one of the best small chamber groups out there is led by pianist extraordinaire Catherine Wilson…Homage to Astor Piazzolla gets 5 out of 5 stars

Maxwell Fletcher

Amazon.com (USA)

Rick Wilkins CD Review, Guido Basso

Catherine Wilson is a magnificent and passionate concert pianist… a joy to listen to and lovely to watch. Her playing and that of her group Ensemble Vivant is among the finest anywhere… brilliant musicianship and artistry… warm, heartfelt, vibrant playing… a rare breed of stylistically diverse performers whose playing, no matter the style, is truly in the groove.

Guido Basso, O.C.

jazz trumpet/flugelhorn

Homage to Astor Piazzolla CD Review, Musical Heritage Society

Ensemble Vivant is led by piano virtuoso Catherine Wilson, and features violinist Erica Beston, cellists Amy Laing and Sharon Prater, Dave Young on bass, with Dave Campion and Philip Seguin manning percussion. It all makes for an exciting and vibrant album (Homage to Astor Piazzallo) that is a sure-fire hit.

Terrence London

Musical Heritage Society Magazine, U.S.A.

Ensemble Vivant Review, David Bullard

…Thanks again for a great performance and wonderful program…molti bravi to Ensemble Vivant… please have Ensemble Vivant return very soon!

David Bullard, Director

de Blasiis CMS at the Hyde

NY, U.S.A.

fête française CD Review, Toronto Star

Beautiful, poised performances…reveal the deep musicianship and light interpretive touch of these Toronto-based musicians led by pianist Catherine Wilson.

John Terauds

Toronto Star

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