CD, Raphaella Smits, Antonio Jimenez Manjon
Born in Villacarillo, Spain, and blind from the age of 13 months, Antonio Jimenez Manjon (1866-1919) decided early on to become a musician. At 14 he left Spain to study in Paris - alone, impoverished, and speaking no French. Within nine years he established himself as a virtuoso on the 11-string guitar, touring throughout Europe and South America. He also taught himself French, German, Italian and English, and astonished everyone with his deep knowledge of literature and music. In 1893 he settled in Buenos Aires, where he established a successful school of guitar. As a teacher and performer he inspired other guitar virtuosos, including Augustin Barrios and Miguel Llobet.
Antonio Jimenez MANJON (1866-1919)
1. Romanza No.3
2. Aire Vasco
3. A orillas del arroyo
5. Cuento de Amor (Romanza para Guitarra)
6. Célèbre Capricho Andaluz
8. Quiero y no quiero (habanera)
recorded: at the 'Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk', Haarlem, NL, November 1998
instrument : 8-string Vicente Arias (Spain) (1899)
total duration: 58'56"