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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B000000620
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tavasz Tavasz
2. A Piac Kozepen
3. Zugadoz Az Erdo
4. Andreas
5. Betlehem, Betlehem
6. Ne Menj, Szivem
7. Hegyen-Volgyon
8. Apokrif
9. Szerelem, Szerelem
10. Elment Az En Rozsam

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 12 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Apocrypha" contains hauntingly beautiful songs with understated simple lyrics that arouse deeply felt emotions and remind the listener of soul-searching events in life ... Track #1 "Tavasz Tavasz" ("Spring, Spring") is one that universally speaks to life renewing itself in the spring. Love is aroused when the grass turns green, when the flowers bloom and when couples walk in pairs ... However, tears fall like rain drops when the singer beseeches her beloved to return to her and to forget the past and forgive each other. The use of flowers and nature as imagery is very typical in Hungarian songs and perhaps throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Track # 3 "Zugadoz az Erdo" ("Humming Forests") is a lovely tune, filled with imagery of the forest that mimicks human life ... The forest is humming, the fields are sparking, the wheat fields are ripe, waiting to be sown. The singer asks ... will her flower wait for her or will he find another? Will he return or will his hearth be overgrown with cottonweed? Although weeds are growing in the yellow mud, the goldenrod is blooming ... her heart yearns for him. Her heart is open and waiting but it is uncertain he will return ... although the goldenrod is blooming with leaves of pearl (i.e., dew on them). Track # 4 "Andras" ("Andrew") is a funeral lament, expressing the grief at losing her companion. The clock struck and he is gone ... the gates are closed on their life together. It is a bitter experience to eat the bread of grief ... the singer grieves for her companion to return. Track #9 "Szerelem, Szerlem" ("Love, Love") is one of the most evocative songs on this CD. It has *very* few verses but due to repetition, musical accompaniment and Marta's expressive haunting voice ... it could be considered her "signature song".Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Some may remember Marta Sebestyen for her beautiful vocal in the English Patient movie. This is but only one example of her talent, and getting to know her work is one step forward to being able to appreciate Hungarian music better. She does not stay in a single style only, she has got a variety of music and vocals to offer to the public, so people shouldn't expect to hear the same haunting voice of "Szerelem, szerelem" in other records. This album is very good indeed, a good buy, and should you wish to try for more, buy the bands' other albums.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
First Solo Album for Hungarian Musical Diva Extraordinaire 7 April 2004
By Erika Borsos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After seeing the film, "English Patient" and hearing Marta Sebestyen for the first time, I was meszmerized by her voice. I had to have tapes or CDs or her music. All I could find was a Deep Forest tape on which she was soloist for one or two songs. I was quite ecstatic to discover "Apocrypha". I was unaware that a "traditional Hungarian music" revival had been occuring in Hungary since the mid-1970s. My pleasure multiplied exponentially when it dawned on me that Hungarian music was receiving world-wide recognition through the hypnotic, spine-tingling, ethereal voice of this musical artist along with the group Muzsikas. So much for my awakening ...
"Apocrypha" contains hauntingly beautiful songs with understated simple lyrics that arouse deeply felt emotions and remind the listener of soul-searching events in life ... Track #1 "Tavasz Tavasz" ("Spring, Spring") is one that universally speaks to life renewing itself in the spring. Love is aroused when the grass turns green, when the flowers bloom and when couples walk in pairs ... However, tears fall like rain drops when the singer beseeches her beloved to return to her and to forget the past and forgive each other. The use of flowers and nature as imagery is very typical in Hungarian songs and perhaps throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Track # 3 "Zugadoz az Erdo" ("Humming Forests") is a lovely tune, filled with imagery of the forest that mimicks human life ... The forest is humming, the fields are sparking, the wheat fields are ripe, waiting to be sown. The singer asks ... will her flower wait for her or will he find another? Will he return or will his hearth be overgrown with cottonweed? Although weeds are growing in the yellow mud, the goldenrod is blooming ... her heart yearns for him. Her heart is open and waiting but it is uncertain he will return ... although the goldenrod is blooming with leaves of pearl (i.e., dew on them). Track # 4 "Andras" ("Andrew") is a funeral lament, expressing the grief at losing her companion. The clock struck and he is gone ... the gates are closed on their life together. It is a bitter experience to eat the bread of grief ... the singer grieves for her companion to return. Track #9 "Szerelem, Szerlem" ("Love, Love") is one of the most evocative songs on this CD. It has *very* few verses but due to repetition, musical accompaniment and Marta's expressive haunting voice ... it could be considered her "signature song". While Marta's singing in the film, "English Patient" enhanced the story line, it also catapulted her voice to the center of the world stage where she receives standing ovations for her transcendental expressions of Hungarian traditional music. My highest recommendations. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Nearly Perfect Album 4 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music enters your consciousness gently and takes you on a meandering ride through a variety of landscapes. Marta is your tour guide, and one does not have to understand her language to feel her message. I've found this album more enjoyable than any of her efforts previous or since. It lacks the hard edge of some of Muzickas's work, and is more consistent throughout than Sebestyan's "Kismet," which nonetheless deserves investigation by those who are enchanted by her timeless voice. "Apocrypha" is completely accessible yet not the least bit commercial. It's a recording I wouldn't want to do without.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
beautiful, really beautiful 11 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Haunting, beautiful, melancholy, & rehumanizing. I'm sad to say I only have a cursory knowledge of Hungary and Magyar culture. This CD makes me aware of the lack. Don't let your fear of not knowing the language put you off. An extraordinary recording.
Traditional and Modern 25 Mar. 2014
By jhorton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is hauntingly beautiful and lyrical. While the liner notes state that all compositions are based on traditional melodies, the arrangements by Karoly Cserepes appear fresh and modern. Traditional instruments such as the duduk and the simple recorder appear alongside computers and synthesizers. Marta Sebestyen's voice complements this fusion of technologies wonderfully. I purchased this album because I came across the track "Tavasz Tavasz" on a world music compilation, the remaining tracks didn't disappoint. I don't understand a word of Hungarian but music is the universal language and everyone understands beauty.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
muszikas to my ear 18 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
marta's best i believe, i especially love the melody of zugadoz as erdo. highly inovative. magyars and non magyars should give this sweet voice a try.
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