On the heels of the release of Trio Vivant’s debut CD Palm Court Pleasures, recorded on the Fanfare Label, Pro Arte/Intersound re-released this much-loved, internationally acclaimed recording as part of Pro Arte’s THE GRAND SALON Series. This was indeed an honour, and to be invited to record Palm Court Encores, the follow-up to Palm Court Pleasures for Pro Arte’s The Grand Salon Series, was very exciting for our audiences and for the group. Both Palm Court Pleasures and Palm Court Encores were best sellers and were chosen by the Columbia Record Club to join their selective roster of acclaimed recordings.
The power-house trio of pianist Catherine Wilson, violinist Marie Bérard, and cellist Amanda Forsyth is exceptional. This tour de force ensemble brilliantly captures the stylistic diversity of these beautiful classics that were arranged exclusively for the group by some of the greatest composers and arrangers of our time.
Recorded at Humbercrest United Church in Toronto on 2 very cold afternoons in January 1991, the trio performed 2 takes of each piece in between the intermittent loud creaking of pipes, an expected occurrence during the winter months due to the heating system at this old Toronto church that was built in 1912.
In 2008 Opening Day Entertainment Group (ODEG) signed Ensemble Vivant as Opening Day Recording Artists and repackaged the group’s entire back catalogue of recordings.
Palm Court Encores
- Allegro, Joseph Hector Fioco3
- Sheep May Safely Graze, J. S. Bach3
- Ethiopia, Joseph Lamb2
- Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2, Frederic Chopin1
- All the Things You Are, Jerome Kern1
- Country Gardens, Percy Grainger2
- Song For Pat, Catherine Wilson2
- Czardas, Vittorio Monti3
- Solace, A Mexican Serenade, Scott Joplin2
- Au Fond du Temple Saint, from The Pearl Fishers, Georges Bizet1
- Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 2, Anton Dvorak
- Jalousie, Jacob Gade2
- Minuet Op. 11, No. 5, Luigi Boccherini2
- Romance, Claude Debussy (arr. K. Rissland)1
- Pineapple Rag, Scott Joplin2
- Memory from Cats, Andrew Lloyd Weber2
- arranged for Ensemble Vivant by Rick Wilkins, C.M.
- arr. for Ensemble Vivant by John Arpin
- arr. for Ensemble Vivant by John Burke
Catherine Wilson, Piano/Artistic Director
Marie Bérard, violin
This is the highest-level chamber music making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making
musician, composer, arranger
Rick Wilkins CD Review
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.
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.
American Ragtime composer, pianist
The greatest selling point of the ensemble was the players’ masterful interpretative style. Whether playing a lyrical ballad, a spirited rag, or a sensuous tango, Ensemble Vivant captured the appropriate style instantly. The sense of ensemble was likewise impeccable, with entrances, articulations and dynamics mirrored precisely … an overwhelming success. The trio was equally at home with traditional classics and original compositions.
New Brunswick, Canada
Ensemble Vivant Review
…Thanks again for a great performance and wonderful program…molti bravi to Ensemble Vivant… please have Ensemble Vivant return very soon!
de Blasiis CMS at the Hyde
Led by a remarkable pianist, Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant boasts a collection of musicians whose abilities and qualifications are second to none… a diversity of beautifully played music and sound (with vibes… Don Thompson, O.C.) from Bach to Piazzolla to Widor… wonderful interpretations… highlight of the Kelowna Community Concert Association series. I had the pleasure of spending time with the group after the concert and they are a fun, humble and inspiring group of musicians… such tremendous mutual talent and respect within the ensemble… Merci Ensemble Vivant!
musician, composer for B.C. Arts
Catherine Wilson Review