Sandburg Songs
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Chamber works by American composer Matthew Schreibeis include his major song cycle, Sandburg Songs.

The music of Matthew Schreibeis, an American composer based in Hong Kong, spans orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, and includes a series of works for traditional Korean instruments. His personal musical vision is characterized by vivid color, imagination, and a clear sense of drama. His honors and awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has been performed by noted new music ensembles and he has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, Copland House and the Camargo Foundation, among others. He is a graduate of Eastman and the University of Pennsylvania. The largest work on this recording, Sandburg Songs, was written for the extraordinary soprano Tony Arnold, who gave the world premiere recording.
Matthew Schreibeis, composer
Inner Truth
Daniel Pesca (piano

Matthew Schreibeis, composer
Sammy Lesnick (clarinet); Hanna Hurwitz (violin)

Matthew Schreibeis, composer
In Search of Planet X
Sammy Lesnick (clarinet); Hanna Hurwitz (violin); Daniel Pesca (piano)

Matthew Schreibeis, composer
They Say
Dieter Hennings (guitar)

Matthew Schreibeis, composer
Sandburg Songs
Tony Arnold (soprano); Zohn Collective; Timothy Weiss (conductor)

The Hong Kong resident Matthew Schreibeis has an impressive resume that includes orchestral, chamber and vocal music, and here he offers us 5 pieces that span minimal to busy in his colorful, imaginative vision. “Inner Truth” starts the listen with Daniel Pesca’s fascinating and atmospheric piano work mesmerizing us for the 10+ minute opener, and “Noticing” follows with Sammy Lesnick’s precise clarinet and Hanna Hurwitz’s quivering violin working together to produce a mysterious and, later on, aberrant climate. Moving on, “In Search Of Planet X” brings Lesnick’s clarinet, Hurwitz’s violin and Pesca’s keys into a very dynamic and energetic display of unpredictable chamber ideas, while “They Say” allows Dieter Hennings’ guitar prowess to shine across 3 movements where he manipulates his instrument in ways that don’t seem possible. The last track and title track is the standout, and recruits all the players in the album up to this point, as well as Molly Barth on flute, Colin Stokes with cello, Paul Vaillancourt handling percussion, and Tony Arnold’s soaring soprano as the exit gets thick while pushing and pulling with emotion, exploration and calmer ebbs of pretty song craft. Much like everything Schreibeis has been a part of, Sandburg Songs is aglow with intricate drama and a distinct imagery as all the musicians here use their talents to blur the lines of classical, orchestral and chamber sounds with allure. (