Ensemble Vivant — the core of which is piano, violin and cello — has been recording and performing to sold-out houses throughout North America and Europe for over 20 years. Their quest is to discover and reveal rarely heard but deserving works from the classical repertoire as well new versions of vastly diverse styles from jazz to musical theatre to Latin Dance. No matter the genre, the repertoire chosen for is timeless and at the same time new. Whether an old favorite or an intriguing discovery, each piece displays the ensemble’s radiant energy and attention to detail.
The group’s center is pianist Catherine Wilson. Repeatedly honored for her exceptional artistry and sensitive musicality, virtuoso pianist she is one of this generation’s most interesting and innovative classical instrumentalists. She has won the hearts of fans and critics alike with inspired, soulful interpretations. Her renditions of Chopin (described as “exquisite” by the Toronto Star) have been compared to the great Artur Rubinstein. Ms. Wilson made her triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2005 at the invitation of Maestro Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops where she performed the Leroy Anderson Piano Concerto.
Ensemble Vivant is dedicated to celebrating excellence in the performance and recording of great music, Catherine and the Ensemble are excited and proud to be able to introduce innovative artists and beautifully crafted music programs.
Notes on the music
The repertoire performed on Classical Potpourri showcases the Ensemble Vivant’s diverse repertoire, which merges their classical roots and jazz genres. The CD includes an original composition by Catherine Wilson entitled Knollwood Place. Other works include an arrangement of Bach’s Preludium from Cantata, BWV29 and the famous Largo from the Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor. The album covers an assortment of musical styles and emotions — from Chopin’s delicate Berceuse and Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess to a rollicking Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin and the spirited Ritual Fire Dance by Manuel de Falla. Also included are works by Satie, Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Kreisler, Puccini, Beethoven and Elgar.
Ensemble Vivant - Classical Potpourri Track Listing:
1. Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8) by Bach, Johann Sebastian
2. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 by Bach, Johann Sebastian
3. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 by Chopin, Frederic
4. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 by Chopin, Frederic
5. Preludes (3) for piano by Gershwin, George
6. Preludes (3) for piano by Gershwin, George
7. Preludes (3) for piano by Gershwin, George
8. Knollwood Place by Wilson, Catherine 9. Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo") by Falla, Manuel de
10. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) by Ravel, Maurice
11. Blue Tango, for orchestra by Anderson, Leroy
12. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 by Satie, Erik
13. Gymnopedie for piano No. 2 by Satie, Erik
14. Gymnopedie for piano No. 3 by Satie, Erik
15. Marche Miniature Viennoise, for violin & piano by Kreisler, Fritz
16. Gianni Schicchi, opera by Puccini, Giacomo
17. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 by Beethoven, Ludwig van
18. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 by Elgar, Edward
19. Maple Leaf Rag, for piano by Joplin, Scott