Ensemble Vivant - Palm Court Encores
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
Palm Court Encores is the follow-up to Ensemble Vivant’s debut recording Palm Court Pleasures. The group’s uniquely diverse repertoire ranges from classical to jazz as well as Tin Pan Alley, tango and ragtime. It also features original compositions written in the classical and jazz genres. The album features music by Ensemble Vivant performing their best-loved arrangements. Includes works by Dvorák, Bach, Chopin, Lloyd Webber, Kern and more.
Ensemble Vivant - Palm Court Encores Track Listing:
Palm Court Encores
1. Allegro by Fiocco, Joseph-Hector
2. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3) by Bach, Johann Sebastian
3. Ethiopia by Lamb, Joseph
4. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 by Chopin, Frederic
5. All the Things You Are, song (from "Very Warm for May") by Kern, Jerome
6. Country Gardens, folk song for orchestra (arrangement not by Grainger) (BFMS 22) by Grainger, Percy
7. Song For Pat by Wilson, Catherine
8. Csárdás, for violin & orchestra by Monti, Vittorio
9. Work(s) by Joplin, Scott 10. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts by Bizet, Georges
11. Slavonic Dance No. 10 for orchestra in E minor B. 147/2 (Op. 72/2) by Dvorak, Antonin
12. Jalousie, tango for orchestra by Gade, Jacob
13. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) by Boccherini, Luigi
14. Romance ("Voici que le printemps, ce fil léger d'avril"), song for voice & piano, L. 52 by Debussy, Claude
15. Pine Apple Rag, for piano by Joplin, Scott
16. Memory, song (for the musical Cats) by Lloyd Webber, Andrew