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 Posted:   Dec 10, 2018 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Chris Avis   (Member)

http://www.quartetrecords.com/el-hombre-y-la-tierra.html

Quartet Records and TVE presents the world premiere release of the classic Spanish TV documentary series composed by Antón García Abril (Texas Addio, Fin de semana al desnudo, Il Cobra, Fortunata y Jacinta, the Blind Dead films) in a mammoth 4-CD set.

El Hombre y la Tierra (Man and Earth) was a television series about nature, presented and directed by naturalist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. It was originally broadcast from 1974 to 1981, interrupted when Rodriguez de la Fuente passed away in a helicopter accident while filming an episode in Alaska in 1980.

This series was a reference for future nature documentaries both in Spain and abroad (the series was distributed in several countries). The series inaugurated a new form of documentary and was divided into three parts: the Venezuelan Series (shot in Venezuela), the Iberian Fauna Series (shot in Spain), and the American Series (shot in Canada and Alaska); 124 episodes were filmed in total.

With a main theme that instantly became a pop culture classic in Spain, García Abril specifically wrote the music for several episodes, as well as a huge amount of reference themes to be used in others. Mostly written for symphony orchestra and chorus, the music includes echoes of Debussy and Ravel as well as risky experimentation between classics and pop—all handled with the composer’s characteristic sound. El Hombre y la Tierra is one of the great epic soundtracks in the television music of the seventies.

After more than three years of work (including an exhaustive search for elements and rights clearance), this masterpiece of Spanish film and TV music, much requested by many fans around the world, is finally available. Carefully restored and mastered by Chris Malone from the best possible sources provided by TVE and the composer (mostly in stereo, with some cues in mono), this project has been entirely supervised by Maestro García Abril and produced by Miguel A. Órdóñez, who also provides detailed liner notes.

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No discussion of this one? I'd never even heard of this series before, but I've ordered on the strength of the samples. Sounds just lovely!

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2019 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Chris Avis   (Member)

Anybody else get this? I'm just starting to make my way through the set and it's just lovely...

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2019 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I got it before Christmas. I haven't played it yet as I have been ill with some sort of viral infection for the last few weeks and I want to be in tip-top listening shape for this gigantic epic set of scores from the most renowned Antón García Abril.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2019 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

I need this badly. Waiting for payday this week. This is a must have!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2019 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Sound Clips sound very nice..I spent so much last year on cd s though, that I need a rest..but that one is definetly on my purchase list for 2019.
Last year was just insane with all the goddies seeing the light of day.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2019 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Anyone interested in film music should get that fantastic release.Such an awesome score!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2019 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Essential music. Anton Garcia Abril is a genius and this work represents/showcases why he is. This music is so engaging and marvelous- I wish there was more. This box set sits prominently in the collection.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2019 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

One of the best releases of 2018 IMHO! For fans of the traditional symphonic scoring this is a gift from God! €55 (incl. p&s) perfectly well spent!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2019 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Essential music. Anton Garcia Abril was a genius and this work represents/showcases why he was.

"Was"? He's still alive.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2019 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

I don't know this just found out, but wow, I can't wait to give this a listen I find wildlife fascinating really rewarding musically - Abril has a lot of skill & range outside movies this looks great. Thanks very much Quartet, great stuff again.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2019 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Essential music. Anton Garcia Abril was a genius and this work represents/showcases why he was.

"Was"? He's still alive.


Indeed. My bad mistake. Do you like this music?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2019 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Not terribly familiar with him, but yes -- I quite liked this one.

 
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