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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Platero and I / Nelson Brenes, Frank Koonce

Album Summary

>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Platero and I, Op. 190
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Notes & Reviews:

A tender and moving account of the life of Nobel Laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez and a little donkey names Platerio, in southern Spain at the turn of the 20th century. Set to music for guitar and narration by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Recorded in Spanish with text in Spanish and English.

"Castelnuovo-Tedesco's music is polished to his usual high standard, unmistakably Spanish, and perfectly suited to the guitar and the story's range of emotions. Soloist Koonce plays superbly with excellent musical instincts, infallibly finding just the right tempo and tone to characterize each moment of the score deftly. (Check to see if there are any other full versions available, verses and all.) The producers have done all they could to make this an elegant release, enclosing the notes, verses, and illustrations in a small book bound into the jewel box. If you don't mind having to hear the narration every time you listen to the music, then there's no reason not to acquire this for yourself." - by Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare, Sept/Oct 2009


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>Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario : Platero and I, Op. 190
  • Performer: Frank Koonce (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 34 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960