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    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    More good news...

    It's official - our Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol.1 CD has been released to the world! We were happy to welcome a bunch of local friends and fans to Varnish Fine Art in downtown San Francisco to help us celebrate, and happy to perform - among other things - Beethoven's Op.133, the "Große Fuge" which will be on Volume 2 with his Quartet Op.130, to be released in late summer 2010.

    We've been enjoying some great press about the new disc, as well as some great write-ups for our previous release from earlier this summer, Benjamin Lees: Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 out on the Naxos label.

    KBAQ, Tempe AZ has the Beethoven Late Quartets recording down as their 'CD of the Week':
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    Naxos has this review of the Lees Quartets recording up from critic David Denton.
    We've also received a couple of very nice customer reviews of the Lees on Amazon.com.

    Finally, we have a new way for you to download our self-released albums including the latest, Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol.1:
    <a href="http://cypressquartet.bandcamp.com/album/beethoven-late-quartets-vol-1">Beethoven Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op.131 - I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo by Cypress String Quartet</a>
    This new digital store of ours is hosted by www.Bandcamp.com which has a very slick interface that allows you to sample and purchase our music in a variety of high-quality formats. We have set the minimum per-track and per-album prices to match those of the iTunes Music Store, but you've got more formats to choose from - and you can even name your own price, if you feel so inclined as to pay more than what we're asking. Anyway, go check it out!

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    Summer 2009 CD Releases Reviewed

    With our Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol.1 CD official release just around the corner on August 25th, and our disc of Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 by Benjamin Lees out on Naxos last month, word is getting out that these are new recordings well worth hearing. Check out these great reviews that have just been published:

    “A Pair of Definitive Statements” (Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol.1 CD Review)
    Cleveland Plain Dealer (www.cleveland.com) - August 10, 2009

    “Poignant Delicacy” (Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol.1 CD Review)
    Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com) - August 10, 2009

    “An Excellent Offering”
    (B.Lees: Quartets 1,5 and 6 CD Review)
    All Music (www.allmusic.com) - August 10, 2009

    Stay tuned for more reviews coming soon!

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