Ripper Street Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 89.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 33.67
Album Excellence: 52%
Ripper Street is a 2013 British television series created by Richard Warlow and starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. A new drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders. The infamous H Division – the police precinct charged with keeping order in the district of Whitechapel- is in a chaotic state trying to keep order after a tumultuous time for London and reported infamously worldwide. The score is composed by Dominik Scherrer.
The album runs for about 65 minutes. The score opens with what I assume is the main title theme which is ‘Ripper Street’ and it has a very nice 19th century sound to it with playful violins. A bit western actually, and a little bit or Irish. It’s very enjoyable and even hummable. ‘In My Protection’ is much more modern. It plays out like a modern suspense cue which is sadly not what I wanted. I wanted it to stay in the 19th century, but I have to make peace with it and realise that this is not such a score. Putting that “thing” aside, the music is exciting, always evolving and flowing ahead with lots of things happening, new instruments introduced and a steady but interesting rhythm. It’s when Scherrer path leads to the violin where it gets real for me and great at the same time such as ‘The Good Of The City’ which is a lovely violin piece. I like the sound, the feeling. This is more in sync with what I was hoping and expecting.
‘Tournament Of Shadows’ has a Sherlock Holmes (Zimmer) feel to it, a little off-beat and interesting. Those little string jabs. Fun stuff. I think the more quiet cues like ‘I Need Light’ is more interesting than the action material personally, although both are fun in their own ways. ‘The Weight Of One Man’s Heart’ is playing into my heart with the wonderful violin. It’s literally dancing. This is great music, really great. It is a goose bump worthy track and surely one of the best this year. Back to that “Sherlock Holmes” feel again with ‘Telegraph’, maybe even more so than before. Wow, when that violin comes back in ‘A Man Of My Company’ I am blown away again. It is a brilliant emotional moment when the violin and the exciting underscore is converging. After that powerful and strong action theme that opened the score I wasn’t ready to be overwhelmed with such an emotional score because it has some moments that are just gorgeous like the dreamy ‘What Use Of Our Work’. ‘The Beat Of Her Wings’ is another one. When he start with that swirling string ostinato not long after 3 minutes in I go insane. So good.
This was an unexpected surprise full of fun and emotions. The emotional side blew me away at times. The beauty of that violin overwhelmed me. It’s a keeper, that’s for sure. Hope they consider releasing more music from the series in the future?
1. Ripper Street
3. The Good Of This City
7. The Weight Of One Man’s Heart *
9. A Man Of My Company *
10. What Use Of Our Work *
12. Become Man
13. Pure As The Driven
17. Threads Of Silk And Gold
19. The Beating Of Her Wings *
21. Ashes And Diamonds
22. Heavy Boots