Music for Soprano, Violin and Piano

Carson Cooman, Leonard Enns, Elizabeth Haskins, Tarik O' Regan, Donald Waxman, Richard Wilson


World Premiere Recordings



“Each of these three young ensemble players has an impressive solo profile, yet they work in this configuration with remarkable balance, clarity and sensitivity... a beautiful and faultlessly recorded CD. Love Raise Your Voice has special merit for presenting music as new as tomorrow.”
Howard Smith, Music&Vision [February 2016]
“This recording introduces a number of very attractive new works for soprano, violin, and piano… Howlett sings with great verve and precision, her English diction is admirably clear and direct, and her voice is capable of crystalline clarity in the upper register… Uribe and Chatham both supply sensitive and understated support. Uribe is notably fine in Waxman’s ‘Love Song’,”.
Marcuse, American Record Guide [January/February 2013]
“Love, Raise Your Voice is a collection of songs written between 1989 and 2010. All are sensitively sung by silvery-voiced soprano Christine Howlett… Holly Chatham is an excellent keyboard player; she and virtuoso violinist Patrick Wood Uribe often play as a duo… O’Regan’s Love Raise Your Voice was a good choice for the album title. It is a charming song with robust piano and violin accompaniment that was composed to a poem by Andrew Morton… Love Raise your Voice is a well-made compact disc with clear sound that gives equal weight to voice, piano, and violin. I enjoyed listening to its many and varied descriptions of love”
Maria Nockin, Fanfare – Issue 36:1 [September/October 2012]
“This is an enterprising release of contemporary music for voice, violin and piano; not, you might think, a common combination. The three young performers are the Canadian soprano Christine Howlett who commissioned the song-cycle by Carson Cooman, British-Mexican violinist Patrick Wood Uribe and the American pianist Holly Chatham. Each has already made a firm reputation and they quite miraculously inhabit these differing pieces in lovely and sympathetic performances which must thrill the six composers represented… Their recital begins well with the beautiful cycle Irreversible Heart by Carson Cooman who although he is only thirty has had his music on as many as thirty-five CDs. On listening to this work I can quite see why he is much sought after. … The vocal writing is most elegant and idiomatic. The word setting is effective and the work casts a very special atmosphere… [Tarik O’Regan’s] setting in French of a typically symbolist text by Mallarmé, Sainte,for just voiceand piano,is ethereal and beatific. The violin joins in with the exuberant Love Raise Your Voice, the title of the CD and quite rightly too.… I kept playing it over and over and to friends: all loved it… Full texts are given… this new and rare repertoire is well worth investigating.”
Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International [July 2012]
“Love Raise Your Voice is a collaborative album of contemporary compositions for Soprano, Violin and Piano… The album’s title track composed by Tarik O’Regan is a highly charged piece with a bouncing melodic line and playful accompanying lines articulating the great joys of love... However, not every piece on the album shares the same theme and ranges from love and happiness to death and heartache. The ensemble smoothly feeds off of one another to create a seamless channel of blended sound. Christine Howlett’s beautiful bright voice easily communicates the text of each poem effortlessly throughout the often intricate accompanying lines. This modern classical album is intensely sensitive and emotionally relatable. I was impressed with the collaboration of this ensemble and their wonderful artistry. I advise anyone with an interest in classical music to pick up a copy of Love Raise Your Voice and listen.”
Maggie Ivancic, WHQR Radio 91.3 FM [June 2012]
Canadian soprano and conductor Christine Howlett studied at the University of Toronto, where she earned a BM in Voice Performance, and at Indiana University where she earned a MM in Early Music Vocal Performance and a DMA in Choral Conducting. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at Vassar College. As a soloist, Ms. Howlett has performed throughout the United States and Canada. In 2011, she made her operatic debut at Symphony Space in Richard Wilson’s opera Aethelred the Unready.

British-Mexican violinist Patrick Wood Uribe studied Modern Languages at Oxford University, violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and holds a PhD in Musicology from Princeton University. As a chamber musician and as violinist in The Chatham-Wood Duo, he has performed widely throughout Europe and the United States. His debut CD of unaccompanied works by seventeenth-century composer Thomas Baltzar [MS1224] was released on MSR Classics in 2008 to critical acclaim. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Boston University.

Pianist Holly Chatham has performed throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Mexico. She is pianist in The Chatham-Wood Duo, which was founded in 2004, with violinist Patrick Wood Uribe. Ms. Chatham holds a DMA in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University, a MM in Early Keyboard Performance from Indiana University, and a BM in Piano Performance from Clayton State University. She is currently a Vocal Coach and Pianist/Early Keyboardist at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.

CARSON COOMAN (b. 1982) | Poems by Jane Hirshfield (b. 1953)
Unnameable Heart
Mule Heart
Irreversible Heart

TARIK O’REGAN (b. 1978) | Poem by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)
SAINTE (2005; rev. 2010)

TARIK O’REGAN | Text by Andrew Motion (b. 1952)

LEONARD ENNS (b. 1948)
from IN THE END (2004; rev. 2010)
Death be not proud (John Donne; 1572-1631)
Warm summer sun (Epitaph for Olivia Susan Clemens)

RICHARD WILSON (b. 1941) | Poems by Eamon Grennan (b. 1941)
COUPLE (2010)

ELIZABETH HASKINS (b. 1951) | Poems by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
MY GARDEN (2004)
There is a Budding Morrow in the Moonlight
Spring Quiet
Another Spring

Lovesong (Rainer Maria Rilke; 1875-1926)
The Mad Maid’s Song (Robert Herrick; 1591-1674)
Nocturne (anon. French)
A Bygone Occasion (Thomas Hardy; 1840-1928)

MSR Classics