“Platero es pequeño, peludo, suave…”
“Platero is small, thick-coated, soft…”
Nobel Prize-winner Juan Ramón Jiménez wrote this lovable poetic narrative in the first person, detailing the relationship and affection developing between the author and his close companion, the legendary donkey Platero. The beauty of the writing and its saga of Platero’s life and death attract the mature reader, while the sweetness and lovable nature of the author’s companion, Platero, make the story a must on any children’s book list.
The poetic text of “Platero Y Yo” makes it ideal material to be read aloud. It so appealed to Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, especially famous for his guitar works, that he created this enchanting musical setting for the story of Platero and his life and times.
Italian guitarist Emanuele Segre, familiar to music lovers through his Delos 2-CD survey The Spanish Guitar (DE 3347), and narrator Moni Ovadia, one of Italy’s most noted live-theatre celebrities, collaborate to bring this poignant work to life. Segre adds a Castelnuovo-Tedesco transcription of Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante defunte as a salute to the endearing life of the legendary Platero.