Saturday, July 7, 2012

Muzsikás & Márta Sebestyén - Morning Star (Hungary 1997) @VBR>224


To Western ears, the Hungarian folk music on Morning Star is not as accessible as the Celtic folk which blossomed into ubiquity in the U.S. in the 1990s. But Muzsikas and Marta Sebestyen have nonetheless become a comparable international phenomenon, selling out concerts in the most Western of places. Hungarian dance music is no less jubilant than Celtic reels (and in fact the fiddling bears a striking similarity), but the rhythms are often trickier, and the nuances of the arrangements more complex. Hungarian ballads are no less emotional, but they lack the sort of sweeping sentimentality of Irish ballads. In fact, Marta Sebestyen's vocal meandering almost seems to have less in common with the singing styles of Hungary's western European neighbors than with that of the Middle East or India. Why has this distinctly un-Western music, so challenging, raw and offbeat, been such a universal hit? The explanation may lie in the purity of the music: pure musicianship, pure ritual, pure community. The sheer antiquity of this music is also impressive: the band has painstakingly studied in communities which have kept these ancient musical traditions preserved for centuries -- even under Soviet occupation, when any expression of local identity was viewed as a punishable threat. Some of the members of Muzsikas risked their own safety by pursuing their love for this music during that period. That passion shows on Morning Star, even if the inherently communal experience of this folk music loses something in the translation to audio recording.
Darryl Cater (AMG)

01. Fuzesi lakodalmas 9'36"
02. Madocsai szolo-orzo 3'03"
03. Kerekes hejsza es sebes 3'40"
04. Edesanyam rozsafaja 6'05"
05. Ej, de szeles 7'04"
06. Ha en rozsa volnek 6'03"
07. Baj, baj, baj 7'16"
08. Gyimesi dallamok 8'34"
09. Ej, csillag, csillag 4'30"

Mihály Sipos: violin
Péter Éri: violin, viola
Dániel Hamar: double bass, gardon, hammered dulcimer
Sandor Csoori: violin
László Porteleki: violin
Márta Sebestyén: voice
Katalin Gyenis, Eszter Erdics, Anna Helbich, Ildiko Toth: voices
Zoltan Farkas: hit gardon
Martin Eri: cello

1997 • MU003 (as Szép, hajnali csillag') • Hannibal HNCD 1401


Anonymous said...

Thanks for reup!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is great!
Many thanks.

Torbill Duallman said...

Thanks! Great blog!

CrimsonKing said...


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