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Michael Marissen

"Rarely do albums of classical music provide such great insight into cultural history at the same time that they give such intense aesthetic pleasure."

"I've heard the [Bach organ trio BWV 526] countless times...but I don't mind admitting that I wept the first time I heard this exquisite and touching rendition with Cypess on harpsichord and Yi-heng [Yang] on piano."

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's and Gender Studies

Jed Distler

"An enchanting disc."

"They play naturally and directly, with palpably genial and unpressured give and take. Cypess’ scholarly annotations delve deep into detail, and the sonics convey more than a semblance of salon-like intimacy."

Classics Today

Michael De Sapio

"a rousing performance"

Played with "brio and panache....this recording is simply a delight to the ear."


John W. Barker

"a fascinating release"

American Record Guide

Awards and Grants

  • Grant from the American Philosophical Society for the recording In the Salon of Madame Brillon, 2020.

  • Residency Partnership Grant, Chamber Music America, for presentation of "In the Salon of Madame Brillon," 2019.

  • Noah Greenberg Award, American Musicological Society, for the recording Sisters, Face to Face: the Bach Legacy in Women's Hands, 2018. 

  • Grants from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute for the recording In Sara Levy's Salon, 2013 and 2015. 

for recordings and performances

Karen Cook

Early Music America

"The sheer historical value of the album is immeasurable, but its musical value is certainly no less....simply mesmerizing."

"The ensemble treats every piece on this recording with such intimate care that it is easy to imagine the fascination, even joy, Levy might have felt playing this music herself."

Colin Clarke

Classical Music

"As ravishing as it is fascinating....A fascinating concept, brilliantly realised."

Five stars

Lucie Skeaping

Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3

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Amanda Sewell

Interlochen Public Radio

"New Release of the Week"

Bradley Lehman

American Record Guide

"Unexpected treasure here....This album could be better only if they could find a way to scent it with freshly-baked cookies."

Andrew J. Sammut

Early Music America

"there are a lot of compelling and fascinating arguments for this kind of program. Yet the recital justifies itself entirely on musical grounds."

"tender touch and sensitive interplay."

Dan McHugh

Newsletter of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America

"inspiring performances"

"The melodic exchange between the two instruments creates a compelling sonority that leads the listener to imagine that they are present for one of the salon concerts."

"I highly recommend this CD, not only for performance but also for the scholarship behind it."