An animated DVD that tells the story of Nobel Laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez and a little donkey named Platero, in southern Spain at the turn of the twentieth century. Set to music for guitar and narration by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Recorded in four different versions in both Spanish and English, with optional translated subtitles. Narrators: Nelson Brenes, Marisol Membrillo, Don Doyle, Carmen Garcia Lorca. Frank Koonce, Guitar. Produced by Joaquin Haro, TITiRimiusik Cuentos Musicales, Spain.
Soundset Recordings - DVD101
Frank Koonce is an acclaimed American guitarist, known internationally as a performer, teacher, and writer. He holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts and from Southern Methodist University, Summa Cum Laude, and did postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar and performer in Italy. Mr. Koonce’s creative output includes an authoritative guitar edition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete solo lute works (Kjos Music Publishers), a collection of historical anthologies entitled “The Frank Koonce Series” (Mel Bay Publications), and individual works by modern composers (Les Producions d’OZ). He has recorded an album entitled "A Southwest Christmas" with the Phoenix Bach Choir (Soundset, SR 1005) and is featured in a live concert video with the renowned Russian composer/guitarist, Nikita Koshkin (Mel Bay 99231VX). As a founding partner of Soundset Recordings he has helped produce other classical compact discs, including the first two recordings of Koshkin and a premiere recording of Symphony No. 3 by Alan Hovhaness that was part of the theatrical trailer for Paramount’s award winning film “There Will Be Blood.” A Professor of Music, Mr. Koonce has taught at Arizona State University since 1978 where he was Director of an international guitar festival jointly sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America and the American String Teachers Association in 1987. He is an active performer with recitals to his credit in Europe, Asia, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States.