1943 in Music

Music released in 1943, and my reviews.

1. Bernard Herrmann: Jane Eyre (9/10)

I have never seen the Orson Welles version of Jane Eyre (come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve seen any version of Jane Eyre) but after listening to this, I really kind of want to.

This score is awesome – at times it sounds like a horror movie and, frankly, everything about it makes me want to watch the film. But it works outside of the film, as well, as it shows a composer using virtually every known trick in the book (though not really from other books, but that’s okay) to set all sorts of different moods.

This has to be considered one of Herrmann’s great early film scores. It’s just fantastic. Can’t say enough about it.

2. Memphis Minnie: “Looking the World Over” (8/10)

Strong sound quality reveals a particularly rangy vocal from Minnie and some fine playing from her accompanist.  One of the highlights of her 40s recordings, I think.

Benny Carter and His Orchestra: “Midnight” (???/10)

Lukas Foss: Piano Concerto No. 1 (??/10)