Flesh and Bone Soundtrack and Ballet EP

Musical Score By: Dave Porter

Ballet Score By: Adam Crystal

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The STARZ limited series Flesh and Bone is a dark, gritty series that follows Claire Robbins (Sarah Hay), a young dancer with a troubled past.  She has just joined a New York City ballet company and is now a part of the dysfunction and glamour that is the ballet world.  Artistic Director Paul Grayson (Ben Daniels) believes Claire to be the saving grace of the company, much to the chagrin of some of its members, but her destructive tendencies and high ambitions will either make or break Claire as she struggles with demons from her past and her new enemies.

                The series has inspired both a soundtrack and a ballet EP.  The musical score found on the Flesh and Bone Soundtrack was created by American composer Dave Porter, best known for his musical score for Breaking Bad.  Porter has also composed score for Blacklist and Better Call Saul, a spinoff of Breaking Bad.  The thirteen minute ballet sequence was scored by American composer Adam Crystal, who began his classical music studies on the violin at the age of four.  Having composed music for films, documentaries and modern dance, Crystal is a much sought after composer in the ballet world.

                The music of Flesh and Bone is orchestral and reflects the series' dark and gritty nature.  In fact, the music was so dark, I found it to be rather on the boring side.  What caught my attention was the music created for the Flesh and Bone Ballet EP .  The ballet itself was created by series creator Moira Walley-Beckett and choreographer Ethan Stiefel.  According to Adam Crystal. "The ballet is essentially about a young lady finding her own feet and becoming self empowered.  In the four movement piece we explore her journey from when she’s being born, to childhood and adolescence as she builds relationships. Then we go into sexual exploration and then from that point she is basically finding her sense of self."

                I found the music on the Flesh and Bone Ballet EP to be soothing and classical in nature and well worth the listen.  If I were the consumer, staring at the two albums and wondering which one I would want to spend my hard earned money on, I would definitely choose the EP - you simply get more for your money with this beautiful thirteen minute composition than you do with the hour long soundtrack. 


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