Saturday, October 3, 2009

63 ~ The Sea Within

Mar Adentro

Last night the Spanish Television channel TVE featured a rerun of Alejandro Amenábar's magnificent Oscar winning 2004 movie Mar Adentro, known in English as The Sea Inside or The Sea Within.

I have seen this movie a couple of times and know the story of Ramón Sampedro upon which the movie is based. But I was again so very impressed with the original soundtrack music composed by Amenábar, the young self-taught composer and director.

The thrilling sound of the recorder and gaitas, the bagpipes from Galicia, a province in the north of Spain, played by one of the world's best, if not the best gaita player, Carlos Nuñez, prompted me to include a clip in my blog sidebar of the theme music from this film.

And so stirring is that sound (I have some Scottish blood in me, you see) that I'm putting a full-size clip in today's post just so you won't miss it or the haunting melody and magic of Carlos Nuñez playing the recorder.
Click HQ quality and turn up your volume!

Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) played an amazing portrayal of the real life Ramón Sampedro, a young fisherman and sailor who was confined to bed as a quadriplegic for the rest of his life after a diving accident.

Alejandro Amenábar was born in Chile and has lived in Spain since childhood. His 2004 film Mar Adentro won the Oscar for best foreign film.

Carlos Nuñez was born in Galicia, Spain, and began playing the gaita when he was eight years old. More about him on the link.

Have a good weekend!

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