Title - 'DaVinci's Demons - Seasons Two + Three'
Artist - Bear McCreary
'Da Vinci's Demons' is a historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. The series was conceived by David S. Goyer, stars Tom Riley in the title role, and it was developed and produced in collaboration with BBC Worldwide. Shot in Wales (England - or, the British Isles, as they might prefer for it to be written!), the series has been distributed to over 120 countries thus far over its three seasons.
As I mentioned, the show follows Leonardo as he is implicated in the political schemes of the Medici and Pazzi families and their contrasting relationships with the Catholic Church. These events occur alongside Leonardo's quest to obtain the Book of Leaves as he finds himself entangled with a cult known as the Sons of Mithras.
The just-released duo pairing of DaVinci's Demons - Season Two and Season Three on CD is brought to us by prolific composer, Bear McCreary. The composer and musician living in Los Angeles, California may well be best known for his work on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series Outlander and The Walking Dead, but here on 'DaVinci's Demons' he has excelled himself.
And don't take just my word for it, because McCreary won an Emmy for his main title theme of 'Da Vinci's Demons'! Indeed, his most recent Emmy nomination was in 2015 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for Season 1 of 'Outlander,' so you can quite easily see that the TV series most definitely has the right man at the series-composing helm.
This Season Two soundtrack, a double CD set at that, opens with a HUGE 11-minute opus of a track that propels us back into the world of Da Vinci. In fact, on this album you will find four tracks that break the 10-minute mark with a total album running time that is nearly 2-hours! This album, like the very first one, is perfectly compiled to represent the musical arcs of the show.
The music is filled with action, thrills, suspense, character moments and an awe-inspiring beauty. The instrumentation is fantastic, and the flow of the score is superb. This score’s dramatic flow with all its ups and downs, and lefts and rights is some of McCreary’s most exciting writing.
Well, that said re: the Season Two score harboring some of McCreary’s most exciting writing to date, so does Season Three, trust me! In fact, it is simply an extension of the incredible power and majesty found within the compositions on Season Two that continue to ebb and flow here in Season Three's musical accompaniment. A solitary single disc edition this time however, the 15 tracks may not all be 10+ opus', but the opening "Theme from Da Vinci's Demons" at least gives that timeframe a ride here, with an Extended Version.
McCreary is married to singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough, with whom he worked on the music of Battlestar Galactica, Defiance, and, of course, Da Vinci's Demons, along with several other projects. And, if you listen carefully enough, and you know the work that Yarbrough brings to the table, you can definitely hear her gentle musical guidance here on several tracks.
That said, McCreary's score for this third (and sadly, FINAL season of Da Vinci's Demons) strikes a compelling balance between modern and ancient instrumentation. Blending Renaissance tones of the viola da gamba, lutes, and Celtic harp with a contemporary orchestral style, subtly-layered modern synth sounds, and heavy percussion, McCreary's score weaves the essential themes of the series into an immensely satisfying musical finale.