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Metsän Tarina (The Tale of a Forest) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Panu Aaltio
MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Available 18 December 2012

Panu Aaltio's original music for the first Finnish feature length nature documentary to receive a wide domestic theatrical release is a also one of the most beautiful soundtracks of the year. Following the example set by composers such as Bruno Coulais (Oceans, Winged Migration) and George Fenton (Planet Earth, Life), Aaltio underscores the drama and emotions of this wildlife adventure with broad but sophisticated brush strokes. Several themes are heard throughout the score, and the sheer beauty of these tracks are contrasted by playful scherzos showcasing inspired writing for flutes, woodwinds and pizzicato strings and majestic fanfares for brass, strings and percussion...

Panu Aaltio is the composer behind the scores The Home of Dark Butterflies and Dawn of the Dragonslayer, both of which I still dig out from time to time and listen to. Those that know and love Aaltio's work won't be disappointed with what he's conjured up for Metsän Tarina.

This is an album of pure beauty, with many incredible themes that run throughout the score - but without being so intrusive as to be obvious. The album lasts for 51 min, 21 sec and contains 18 tracks.

While there isn't a dull moment, personal highlights include the classically based 'Spring Wonder'; 'Days Gone By'; ' The World Tree'; and arguably the most beautiful piece 'Forsaken'.

Anyone who enjoys classical based scores should certainly pick this beautiful album up.


Darren Rea

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