I saw a preview of the last part of this Finnish nature documentary series today (previous entries include ”Metsän tarina” aka ”Tale of a forest” and ”Järven tarina” aka ”Tale of a lake”). The English title for this one is "Tale of the Sleeping Giant", literally "Tale of the Fell" which is a barren hill found in Fennoscandia. The score is once again by Panu Aaltio.
The score is a continuation of the previous two so if you enjoyed the previous ones, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well. There are soaring orchestral cues for the gorgeous scenery of the Finnish and Norwegian Lapland, some of which are probably some of the finest music you’ll hear this year. The main title cue in particular was spine-tingling paired with the visuals and the highlight for me. There is a main theme that is featured several times throughout the film (hints of which are heard at the beginning of the trailer). It’s often performed by a Finnish a capella folk group Tuuletar. Their performance is similar to the vocal work heard in Jóhannsson’s ”Arrival”.
There are several orchestral playful cues that resemble the previous entries in the series, one of which even includes a wailing electric guitar. There is a greater mixture of different styles which makes the score less cohesive compared to ”Järven tarina” which I think is the best film and score in the series. Overall the mood is more mysterious and low-key especially in the beginning of the film. There are also many cues with smaller ensembles than the full orchestra probably due to the pandemic. Hopefully the score will get a release in some form when the film is released.