Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Bernard Herrmann's score for Jane Eyre was completed in 1943. It was his fourth film score and, like The Magnificent Ambersons before it, saw collaboration with Orson Welles. Not only is Jane Eyre Hermann's longest film score, it is one of his most sumptuous, romantic and eerily evocative. He features a marvelous array of sonic effects - high winds, celesta, and muted brass - all designed to deepen and color the characterization, and orchestrated with his customary brilliance. This recording of the score restores, for the first time, cuts made during the recording or editing of the original film.
Film Music: The Neglected Art
Enjoy this new digital recording as a new take on the material and you won't be disappointed. It is well recorded and performed by Adriano and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
La Scena Musicale
The nerve-tingling bleakness of Herrmann's Hitchcock movies lie far ahead. This is an unashamedly sentimental accompaniment to a 19th century love story. Mendelssohn and Wagner are much in evidence, with hints of Schumann and wisps of Mahler.
David's Review Corner
In many respects it has to be said that he watered down his own style of 'classical' music composition so as to provide Twentieth Century Fox with music that would be readily attractive to film audiences. In the accompanying booklet the conductor, Adriano, relates the trials and tribulations in arriving at a reconstructed performing score using as his basis an original in poor condition. That he linked with listening to the film soundtrack, and some of his own initiative to produce this world premiere release that he believes comes close to Herrmann's original score before edits and other changes were made to suit the film's action. It was recorded by a highly responsive Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1994, and released on the Marco Polo label. It was a high dynamic range sound release, and at the time was well received by the critics. It is most welcome.
Liner Note Author: Adriano .
Recording information: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio in Bratislava (01/03/1994-01/07/1994).
Editor: Adriano .
Photographers: P. Kasti; Dan Oria; Roberto A. Sanchez.
The score to Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre matches the subdued, somber tone of the film, which uses deceptively simple, minimalistic orchestral pieces to convey the yearning, brooding of this more realistic interpretation of Charlotte Bronte's classic gothic romance. ~ Heather Phares
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