A co-production between Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba, the 1982 film Alsino y el Cóndor was directed by Chilean Miguel Littín, who was at the time exiled in Mexico after Pinochet’s takeover in Chile. Shot in Nicaragua, the film is a political allegory about a child’s dreams of freedom during the Contras vs Sandinista Junta turmoils in Nicaragua (a detailed description of the film is available here). Alsino was widely distributed worldwide and won several international prizes, including an Academy Award in the US. The soundtrack is by Cuban influential composer and director of ICAP Leo Brouwer and was released on LP by Intermusica F.M., possibly in Mexico, under license from EGREM.
♫ Divided into extremely short pieces, between 30s and 1mn, usually, the score is interpreted by the Nacional symphonic orchestra, even if the score often calls for small ensemble playing. The music includes romantic parts from the string section, as well as solo oboe, acoustic guitar and piano parts. A recurring theme is played on a strangely distorted celesta, the instrument made famous by Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker in 1892 (and Harry Potter‘s soundtrack!). The celesta and music perfectly conveys the magic realism of the movie and seem less heavy-handed than the film – cf. trailer below.
Total time 38:53
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba
[Manuel Duchesne Cuzán, cond.?]
LP released by Intermusica F.M., [Mexico?], 1982
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