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Natural Beauty

by Tiffany Poon

17-year-old Hong Kong pianist Tiffany Poon, praised as one of the world's best young talents, presents her debut album "Natural Beauty" with works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: I. Allegro
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2. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: II. Andante
5:01 $0.99
3. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: III. Presto
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4. Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi:52: I. Allegro
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5. Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi:52: II. Adagio
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6. Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi:52: III. Finale. Presto
4:24 $0.99
7. Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60
9:42 $0.99
8. Waltz No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 69
4:27 $0.99
9. Waltz No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 69
3:51 $0.99
10. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor
9:28 $0.99
11. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
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Album Notes
Tiffany Poon, age 17, was born in Hong Kong. Her unique musical talent was soon discovered when she began playing piano at the age of 4. Two years later, she started giving public recitals and winning competitions. At age 8, she was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship. In Fall 2014, Tiffany will be attending the Columbia University/Juilliard School Exchange program. She has been named a John Jay Scholar by Columbia University for her remarkable academic and extracurricular achievements.

Tiffany made her concerto debut at age 10. Since then, she has given solo recitals across the United States, as well as in Canada, Italy, Germany, Russia, Australia and China. She has performed fundraising solo recitals to benefit Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Heart’s Home USA and The Calhoun School. She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at the Pavel Slobodkin Center in Moscow, and in the United States, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

In 2008, Tiffany was named an Honorary Citizen of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and was presented with the “Key to the Frontier,” by Fort Smith Mayor, for her outstanding performance with Fort Smith Symphony. In 2009, she was selected as Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” which showcases America’s best young classical musicians. Most recently, she has been named a 2014 National YoungArts Winner in recognition of her exceptional artistic achievement in classical music.

Among her many accomplishments, Tiffany recently won first prizes at Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow (2012), Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition in New York (2013), and Juilliard School Pre-College Concerto Competition (2014).

Tiffany presents a wide variety of solo repertoire in her debut CD "Natural Beauty" recording with a selection of works ranging from baroque to impressionism. With her exceptional talent, she was invited by Kawai Pianos to record "Natural Beauty," which was produced by Kawai Pianos in Krefeld, Germany in November, 2013.



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Propulsive Debut
A profoundly spacious and landscaped debut Poon album launched into being with Kawai. Nuanced, athletic, and richly veined with a coloration that complicates as it elucidates familiar and lesser known selections of impressionistic and imagistic works.

Particularly muscular and surprisingly voweled dictions canvas the popular Hungarian Rhapsody, which in hindsight is a courageous track to include in a debut album with so numerous existent interpretations of this piece flocking the airwaves. Poon's delivery delights in its sardonic arcing of the piece's vertebral flexibility, discovering the humor as well as the absurdly articulated flexibility of the composition's darker contortions. Theatrical as it is literary, nowhere else does this rhapsody elbow the listener into consciousness as it does here, with rigid thrusts and delirious sonic excavations that explore the rhapsodic mode's more distal corners.

Throughout the album revelations abound, living up to the title to unveil the sublime underpinnings of beauty itself, so often mistakingly categorized as benign or prosaic. Here, Poon's artistry is whetted to incise a most deliberate wound in the listener, from which he/she may never fully recover, thankfully. Brava to this phenomenal artist, and to Kawai for their deft engineering to support a most memorable launch.


More than beautyful
As I knew that Tiffany planned to release her first album I was very excited to hear her debut - and I have not been disappointed: The way how she is playing these wonderful selection of classic pieces is warm and touching.To me she is already one of the best piano-players on earth. And the album can only be overtopped by hearing her life on stage.

Gary McPherson

Simply magnificent
There is something about Tiffany's piano playing that is magical. Her performances comes across as fresh, energized and enlightened. I've been listening to Tifffany's first CD with admiration and respect for a a wonderful artist who has a unique ability to project something different into her interpretations. And for this reason, I keep coming back to this recording and experiencing again and again, the power of her playing. I doubt that I'll ever get tired of hearing her play, and look forward to many more CDs well into the future that will showcase her magnificent abilities.

Kai Timmerherm

A very charming debut
Tiffany Poon's debut CD's music selection spans from the Baroque over the Classical into the Romantic period. Especially the two suites at the beginning, Bach's Italian Concerto and Haydn's first English Sonata bring out Tiffany's very feathery and swift touch on the keys. These two are followed by an emotionally deep Chopin Barcarolle, which I especially like to listen to, as it shows so much the richness of the singing tone of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand used for this recording. The followin waltzes Op. 69 are probably the most well known ones by Chopin. Tiffany plays no. 2 in a wonderfully dancing style, with a careful dose of Rubato, I consider it one of the finest renditions of this piece.
The CD is climaxing in a, well, for me just breathtakingly played Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, before it very gently ends with a wonderfully singing "Claire de Lune".

The sound is captured very direct, with apparently only a careful dose of reverb, to which the CD title refers to, "Natural Beauty", and of course also to the artist herself. The sound is very clear and intimate and makes me feel like attending a private salon recital rather than a concert hall, and makes it a very personal experience.

The CD only leaves one thing to be desired, and that is a piece of the modern area that makes you listen up. But as we all know that Tiffany Poon also has e.g. Prokofiev's Toccata in her repertory (and plays it in a really thrilling way) let's me look forward to Tiffany's next release.