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Free Spirits: Early Romantic Music on the Graf piano


4-Stars, "Impeccable" BBC Music Magazine 


“[The 19th-century fortepiano] has a beguilingly gentle and human sound… Yang, moreover, is superbly adept at bringing out the many veiled shades it can produce.” Gramophone, July 2020


“The delicacy of the Graf fortepiano’s sound, coupled with Yang’s expressive touch, create a rich atmosphere of longing and exploration...Yang's performance of these early Romantic works on one of the best instruments from that era takes us as close to the original experience as we can ever hope to come."  Classical Voice North America


"Highly recommended" Early Music America


Where Only Stars Can Hear Us
Karim, Sulayman, tenor
Yi-heng Yang, Graf Fortepiano

"Exquisitely personal recital" 

New York Times

Listed in New York Times Best Classical Music of 2020

#1 Classical Billboard Charts and iTunes Classical

"Particularly in the current dismaying climate, Sulayman and Yang's lovingly assembled album comes off as a generous humanitarian gift as much as a purely musical one." 

Critic's Choice, Opera News

" With her remarkable expressivity and technique, Yang reels you in during her solo passages… The music is sublime, the performances masterful, the overall concept striking.”

Early Music America

"a superb programme" 



Brahms Cello Sonatas, Op. 76 Piano Pieces on period instruments
Kate Wadsworth Bennett, cello
Yi-heng, Streicher fortepiano

“Brave, astonishingly eloquent performances that glow with ardor and depth, and sound fresh off the composer’s desk...

It's this vivid appeal to the imagination that ultimately seals the success of this adventure in Historically Informed Performance."

Early Music America

“You get a sense of risk-taking and of a real performance… for sheer excitement their performance is a clear winner.”
MusicWeb International

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Sisters Face to Face: The Bach Legacy in Women's Hands
Harpsichord and Fortepiano Duos

Winner of the 2018 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performance

"as ravishing as it is fascinating"

Classical Music 




"So there are a lot of compelling and fascinating arguments for this kind of program. Yet the recital justifies itself entirely on musical grounds. Melodies, inner harmonies, bass lines, contrapuntal textures, and rhythmic contours are rendered completely transparent in this instrumentation, and the combination unveils a surprising range of colors."

Early Music America 


Felix Mendelssohn 
Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood
Abigail Karr, Violin
Yi-heng Yang, Fortepiano

Fresh interpretation and technical brilliance imbue “Mendelssohn: Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood,” the first period instrument recording of this repertoire. This debut recording by the New York City based Karr-Yang Duo (Abigail Karr, violin and Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano) features three relatively unknown Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Sonatas, including the duo's own version of the unfinished 1838 F major sonata, and the stunning albeit incomplete Fragment in D.

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