The making of this recording grew out of a generous and interesting proposition by sound recording engineer Ashley Clarke, a long-time professional in pro-audio at Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. at Toronto, and subsequently Los Angeles. Ashley’s background as a sound recording engineer was impressive and he suggested he record the group in studio using a Yamaha 20 Bit Digital System, a system that was new at the time and one that he was anxious to try. At the time, this meant recording as though ‘live in concert’, with no editing of the performances.

The already typical pressures on musicians when recording are greatly intensified when recording this way, including sustaining intonation for the strings, and greatly taking away a sense of freedom from the musicians, with all of us needing to be extra cautious for fear of ‘marring’ the performance in any way. Although a demanding, very challenging request, we decided to accept Ashley’s proposal.

This recording first appeared under the name Concert Gems. Fanfare and Pro Arte/Intersound Recording Labels, that had represented and distributed the group’s earlier recordings, had not survived the continued downward spiraling of the classical music industry. Concert Gems was released by the Canadian Record Company EBS. One year later, it was picked up by DOREMI, with international distribution, with the company re-naming the recording The Romantics.

The Romantics



Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 120 in d minor: Gabriel Fauré

  1. Allegro, ma non troppo
  2. Andantino
  3. Allegro Vivo
  4. Nocturne for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 148 in E Flat Major: Franz Schubert

Three Nocturnes for Piano, Violin and Cello: Ernest Bloch

  1. Andante
  2. Andante quieto
  3. Tempestoso

Four Pieces for Piano, Violin and Cello: Charles-Marie Widor

  1. Humoresque
  2. Cantabile
  3. Nocturne
  4. Serenade


Catherine Wilson, Piano/Artistic Director

Adele Armin, violin

Jack Mendelsohn, cello

Recorded Live at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, ON, with a Yamaha 20-bit Digital System

Catherine Wilson Review, Burlington Standard Press

…pianist Catherine Wilson, the pride of Canada…

Burlington Standard Press

Vermont, USA

Rick Wilkins CD Review, Rick Wilkins, C.M.

This is the highest-level chamber music making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making

Rick Wilkins, C.M.

musician, composer, arranger

Rick Wilkins CD Review

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.

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.

Catherine Wilson Review, Neville Bowman

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!

Neville Bowman

musician, composer for B.C. Arts

Catherine Wilson Review

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