LA TIERRA LLAMANDO A ANA – Juan Antonio Simarro & Fernando Bonelli

From what little information I can find related to this Spanish short film, the director wanted the music to be a third character. Juan Antonio Simarro and Fernando Bonelli (who also wrote, directed and produced the film) have collaborated in writing a restrained but affecting score worthy of attention.

La Tierra Llamando a Ana (Planet Earth Calling Ana) concerns the importance of communication in the relationship between Ana and Juan and how it’s necessary to listen to what each has to say however bad the subject. For such an intimate story, the composers have limited themselves for most of the playing time to the use of strings and piano, balancing between lovely, tender melodic passages and a fragility that’s never far from the surface. Occasionally, the score swells into something more energetic (with the appearance of brass, percussion and the human voice), but delicacy and intimacy are the order of the day. Ostinato patterns in the strings adds another element to the score, perhaps echoing strength and determination in one or both protagonists. The score ends with piano dominating the soundscape with a resolution that doesn’t seem altogether happy nor satisfactory. The album rounds off with two versions of a song, “From Moon To Sun” where the vocals (from Alex Piñeiro) have a delicate quality that echoes the score. I am not usually a fan of songs being tacked on the end of film score albums but this one, here, works well.

This is a lovely little score that knows its limits (a small ensemble of musicians) but the composers use what they have to great effect. It’s not often that hearing a film score generates in me an interest in seeing the associated film and seeing/hearing how the score works, but Juan Antonio Simarro and Fernando Bonelli’s music for La Tierra Llamando a Ana is one of those occasions. (Original Review by Alan Rogers)

The album can be purchased HERE or other online stores as a digital download or to stream.

Rating: ***½/*****

  1. Otoño / Autumn (3:28)
  2. Invierno (I) / Winter (I) (1:25)
  3. Invierno (II) / Winter (II) (0:58)
  4. Invierno (III) / Winter (III) (1:12)
  5. Primavera / Spring (3:02)
  6. Verano (Versión de From Moon To Sun) / Summer (From Moon to Sun Version) (3:01)
  7. From Moon To Sun (Bonus Track) (2:28)

Running Time: 15:36

Mayfield Pictures (2019)

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