Here’s Jiji playing a fantastic rendition of the Albeniz classic Leyenda on a killer 1925 Santos Hernandez that features a spruce top and a three-piece mahogany back and mahogany sides. Jiji has recently been racking up accolades and competition wins and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. You can learn more about Jiji here.

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8 Responses to “Jiji plays Albeniz Leyenda (1925 Santos Hernandez)”

  1. Christopher Dean says:

    What a majestic and rich sounding guitar! And such sensitive playing. Beautiful!

  2. Larry Wolf says:

    Wow! I have heard this played by some of the best in the world. but jiji you drew me in to the music in a way I have never experienced before. Thank you.

  3. nick walton says:

    I wish for the guitar Luminaries to bless us one day again sometime in the future!

  4. Marius Pessah says:

    Jiji’s playing is a template for other guitarists to emulate . Her dynamics and technique are exemplary. My
    Only complaint is I don’t like her playing of the rasqueados. They are harsh and played too quickly. Listen to Julian Breams rendition for a comparison. The guitar is beautiful in Jiji’s hands but that’s why she is gifted. I doubt many of us would
    Project the same sound. It’s the guitarist more than the guitar.
    Jiji you are gifted!

    • Grant says:

      I actually dig the power in those rasqueados. I have a record from the 80s of George Sakellariou with a similarly aggressive approach, where he plows through them and it’s really amazing. The rasqueados burst through like a freight train 🙂

      Also, are you referring to early Julian Bream, while he was in his mid-twenties and releasing recordings on the Westminster label for the US, or his later, more refined approach? I’ve found that, especially with the HVL preludes, the Bream from each era produced starkly different performances.

  5. Bob G. says:

    What a video. Jiji is lovely, the guitar is superb, and the music is the most expressive rendition of any guitar piece I have ever heard. Expression is something I place a premium on. It’s not music until it moves me. She moved me.

  6. Marius Pessah says:

    Dear Grant,
    I read your comments with great interest.
    True Gustorum non est disputantum.
    However, the original composition for
    piano does not have crashing chords.
    Instead, it has either one or two notes.
    It is the Tarrega/Segovia transcription that
    adds the chords. In addition, Segovia’s ,
    Barry’s and Diaz’s rendition play the chords
    As a softer roll. Marius


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