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Season 2
HBO Original Series Soundtrack


Composer: Nicholas Britell
Label: WaterTower Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 May 2020

WaterTower Music release the soundtrack to season 2 of the HBO original series Succession, which features the music of composer Nicholas Britell. It also includes the official studio recording of 'L to the OG' - the track performed in the show by Kendall Roy (played by Jeremy Strong). The season follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them...

For the second season of Succession the show's creator, Jesse Armstrong, inspired composer Nicholas Britell to explore an even darker and more brooding musical tone. A tonal shift, apparent in the saga of troubled former heir apparent Kendall Roy, informed the composer’s creative approach.

Talking about the music, Britell said: "Kendall’s journey starts in a very melancholic fashion – and that was my initial inspiration. I wanted it to be like the second movement of a symphony; still connected to the first, but with a decidedly different tone, tempo and development. I composed a new theme for this - 'Rondo in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra - Kendall's Journey,' which takes many forms through the second season and inhabits a sort of contemplative -- yet suitably minor-key - tone. I really wanted to make sure that the music evolved along with the Roy family's own developments."

The music certainly works incredibly well outside of the TV show, delivering themes and set pieces that more often than not feel like classical music pieces. For that reason this is a score that will find a welcome home in the collection of the show's fans as well as general soundtrack lovers.

The album contains 24 tracks (42 min, 28 sec).


Darren Rea

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