Palm Court Pleasures was first released in the fall of 1987 on Fanfare Records, a Toronto based Label. It was an instantaneous ‘hit’, receiving frequent international radio play and critical acclaim. By 1988 Pro Arte/Intersound, based in Atlanta, Georgia, had scooped up Palm Court Pleasures and re-released it on their prestigious label. A best-seller, Palm Court Pleasures was quickly chosen by the Columbia Record Club to join their selective roster of acclaimed recordings.

Recorded at Humbercrest United Church in the late spring of 1987, the dynamic Trio Vivant of Catherine Wilson, piano; Marie Bérard, violin; and Dorothy Lawson, cello, created magic. Julian Rice, the President of Fanfare Records, ran the recording session, allowing two takes per piece. The popularity of Trio Vivant continued to grow with concert series in Canada, the United States and Europe actively engaging the group.

Palm Court Pleasures



  2. Arrival of The Queen of Sheba, George Frederic Handel1
  3. Bethena Waltz, Scott Joplin1
  4. Liebesfreud, Fritz Kreisler1
  5. Sackville Street Ballad, Catherine Wilson
  6. Ragtime Nightingale, Joseph Lamb1
  7. Je Crois Entendre Encore (from The Pearl Fisher’s Opera), Georges Bizet1
  8. Hungarian Dance No. 5 in g minor, Johannes Brahms
  9. Elite Syncopations, Scott Joplin1
  10. Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 69. No. 1, Frederic Chopin1
  11. Tango de La Rose, Filippo Shreier and Aldo Bottero1
  12. Du and Du, Johannes Strauss1
  13. Oh Gee! Oh Joy! (from Rosalie), George Gershwin1
  14. Minuet in G Major, Op. 14, No. 1, Ignace Paderewski1
  15. I’ll See You Again, Noel Coward1
  16. Someone to Watch Over Me, George Gershwin – solo piano
  1. arr. for Ensemble Vivant by John Arpin


Catherine Wilson, Piano/Artistic Director

Marie Bérard, violin

Dorothy Lawson, cello

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

Palm Court Pleasures CD Review, CBC Radio

Palm Court Pleasures with Catherine Wilson’s Trio Vivant… flawless… beyond flawless… it’s miraculous… it’s just perfect!

Bob Kerr, CBC Radio, Off the Record

Palm Court Pleasures CD Review, Toronto Star

This vastly entertaining album makes listening awfully easy.

William Littler

Toronto Star

Palm Court Pleasures CD Review, CBC Radio

… desert island favourites …

Bob Kerr, CBC Radio

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