Magus Insipiens: 3 Song Cycles on Poems by Taliesin, Payne, and Sappho. Music Composed by Paul Sánchez.
1–6. Magus: six settings of texts by Taliesin
7–16. Horizon: for Harlan, 10 Songs for Voice and Piano
17–22. the journey: six settings of poems by Sappho
Soundset Recordings, 2016.
This is one of the most beautiful discs in my collection.... Soprano Kayleen Sánchez has the perfect voice, pure and unshakably direct in delivery.... The gradual journey from resignation and regret to hope [in Magus] is experienced as an opening out of the human spirit; Kayleen Sánchez’s purity of voice and total control of her instrument is utterly remarkable. Haunting in the extreme, the 23-minute song cycle Magus will be with you for a long time afterwards....
- Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
This is hauntingly beautiful music... generously filled with melodic inspiration and evocative atmosphere.... [These] are works of originality and a distinctive musical personality.
- Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine
Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.
- David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Mazine.