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Tale of a Lake
(2016)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Panu Aaltio

Co-Orchestrated by:
Anton Valle

Co-Produced by:
Mikael Carlsson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MovieScore Media
(March 25th, 2016)
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Commercial download release with a limited CD pressing, the latter available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. The CD sold out by the end of 2016 and escalated in price.
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Buy it... if you can't miss one of the most accomplished nature documentary film scores in the history of the genre, a sonic delight that easily transcends Panu Aaltio's prior work in the franchise.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for the necessary leaps in tone and style required from cue to cue in this genre, because although Aaltio masterfully weaves his themes through these changing scenes, you still have to accept the occasionally jarring transitions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,873
WRITTEN 2/19/17
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Tale of a Lake (Järven Tarina): (Panu Aaltio) Breaking box office records for documentary films originating from Finland, 2016's Tale of a Lake (Järven Tarina) follows the strong performance of its predecessor, Tale of a Forest (Metsän Tarina), three years prior. Director Kim Saarniluoto returns from the previous effort, this time joined by Marko Röhr and shifting focus from the mammals of Finland's forests to the birds and aquatic creatures of its many lakes and rivers. Several years of photography and careful narration in English and Finnish convey a story of the seasons punctuated by the featuring of an extremely rare Saimaa ringed seal. After out-grossing a plethora of American blockbusters in the country in 2016, Tale of a Lake has encouraged the filmmakers to start production on Tale of a Lapland Mountain for release in 2019. Much of the same crew supplies talent to this franchise of highly touted nature documentaries, and this notable work includes the music of Los Angeles trained but Finland-based composer Panu Aaltio. The score for Tale of a Forest was a breakthrough to the film music community for Aaltio, in his early 30's at the time, and Tale of a Lake is an even more impressive extension of the composer's developing skills with orchestral and vocal colors. Aaltio's approach to the second film is an interesting evolution of thematic fluency and orchestration prowess when compared to the first. While a solid nature documentary score, Tale of a Forest remains perhaps somewhat overrated, its primary theme not as seductively robust or memorable and waiting until the final few impressive cues to really congeal into a satisfactory whole. That said, you could hear the seeds of Aaltio's talents in his handling of individual lines of orchestration for the personalities of the animals, and that capability has blossomed into a remarkably improved effort all-around for Tale of a Lake, which not only stands well above Tale of a Forest but competes among the best film music from all reaches of the industry in 2016.



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Average: 3.84 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
*** 19 3 Stars
** 9 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 62:46
• 1. Ahitar, the Water Spirit (3:37)
• 2. Spring Brook (1:55)
• 3. Tale of a Lake (2:16)
• 4. Hide and Seek (3:40)
• 5. First Morning (4:56)
• 6. Reunion (1:40)
• 7. A Family Divided (1:46)
• 8. Bug Ballet (2:34)
• 9. The Spawn (2:10)
• 10. Frog Wrestling (3:06)
• 11. Ancient Spirits (1:58)
• 12. Coming of the Fall (1:35)
• 13. Macro World (2:33)
• 14. Children (2:52)
• 15. The Gulls and the Eagle (2:12)
• 16. Brisk and Idle (2:06)
• 17. The Birds' Farewell (2:23)
• 18. Under the Frozen Surface (3:15)
• 19. Life in the Depths (4:44)
• 20. Crab Guardians (3:38)
• 21. Seal Pup (5:49)
• 22. The Water Cycle (2:13)

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