A pivotal effort in John Williams' remarkable growth as a composer, Jane Eyre first confirmed his uncanny ability to capture the drama and scope of a galaxy far, far away. In this case, the Yorkshire moors of Charlotte Brontë's mid-19th century England. Williams' profoundly atmospheric score beautifully evokes the fog-shrouded mystery and romance of Brontë's gothic world. The music boasts a majesty and grandeur rich in period detail, eschewing brass and percussion in favor of lushly symphonic arrangements that bolster the epic sweep of the onscreen narrative. Though relatively unheralded among Williams' more popular scores, Jane Eyre is in many respects his first unabashed masterpiece, a work of remarkable complexity and craft that demands a place alongside his work on Star Wars and Jaws. Essential listening for soundtrack aficionados.
AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny