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Hungary - The Rough Guide To Hungarian Music CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Music Network (Uk) Ltd
  • ASIN: B00006L3MS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pava (hey, peacock) - Laszlo Hortobagyi & Iren Lovasz
  2. Hajnali nota (morning song) - Muzsikas
  3. Akasztos - The Transsylvanians
  4. Hungarian verbunk - Sebo Ensemble
  5. Jumping dances - Bogyiszlo Orchestra
  6. Deta devla (god bless) - Emil
  7. Friss csardas (fast csardas) - Traditional Band from Tura feat. Tibor Szenasi
  8. Hungarian songs - Ferenc Santa and his Gypsy Band
  9. Konyorges (song for mercy) - Kalyi Jag
  10. A bivaly hatan (sitting on the buffalo) - Kampec Dolores
  11. Pasztornotak hosszufurulyan (shepherd's flute song) - Zoltan Juhasz
  12. Kerekes (round dance) - Mihaly Halmagyi
  13. Danses de lorincreve (dances from Lorincreve) - Zsigmond Szekely
  14. Tanc a hoban (dance in the snow) - Ghymes
  15. Petrusevo kolo - Vujicsics Ensemble
  16. Szatele zsav - Romano Drom
  17. Numa romanes - Fekete Vonat
  18. Rabakozi karej, dus, csardas es friss (dances from Rabakoz) - Okros
  19. Rakoczi indulo (the rakoczi march) - Tukros Zenekar

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As spicy as paprika and as powerful as Bulls Blood, Hungary has some of the best roots music in Europe - from the music of the Gypsy orchestras that captivated Brahms and Liszt to the Romany rap of today, from the glorious vocals of Márta Sebestyén to the wild fiddlers of Transylvania. Driven by the 'Dance House' movement that brought village music to the capital, Budapest has a lively scene and some of the best exponents including Muzsikás, Sebö and Ökrös are featured on this album. There's Hungarian music from outside the country, the music of minority cultures within, Gypsy music in several forms and contemporary sounds from those reinventing the traditions. In short, the essential guide to the tasty goulash that is Hungarian music.

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If you want a musical journey to the rich diversity that Hungarian roots music has to offer: this Rough Guide is your ticket! Here are 72 minutes and 49 seconds of some of the best Hungarian music that money can buy. This CD contains music from current mainland Hungary, as well as former territories, such as Slovakia, Croatia, and Transylvania (Romania). The liner notes are extremely accurate and helpful in describing the origin and individuality of the Hungarians from a musical and historical perspective. The harmonic roots of Hungarian music go as far back as Central Asia, East of the Caucaus and Ural mountains. Furthermore, the liner notes aptly describe Hungary as "the wild and colourful alter ego of Hapsburg Austria" which essentially sums up Hungary's fierce nature to be rid of the political chains and alliances that hampered her freedom in the past ...
Quite often this yearning for freedom was summed up in songs, disguised in verse, the "verbunkos" or recruiting songs at the turn of the century, contained bittersweet prose, laments by conscripted soldiers who expressed sorrow at parting from one's home, one's family, one's sweetheart (to serve the Kaiser), perhaps never to return. Sebo Ensemble play a version from northeast Hungary, which includes the sounds of boots slapping and foot-stomping, as young men are obviously doing the "verbunkos" dance ... included too is the mellow sound of the tarogato (similar to a shawm oboe) with clarinet-like sounds.
Selection #1 sung by Iren Lovasz and played by Laszlo Hortobagyi is an example of ancient music based on the pentatonic scale, a very old folksong about a peacock.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 May 2005
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If you are looking for an all-round compilation of Hungarian music, this isn't it. This compilation focuses exclusively on traditional music, which is fine by me (that's what I bought it for) but you must look elsewhere to find contemporary Hungarian music. Like traditional folk music everywhere, the music here is fairly simple but effective, with limited instrumentation, being originally intended for local events such as dances and weddings, or simply for passing the time. Shepherds' songs form an important part of traditional folk music. Overall, there is a fine mix of ballads and up-tempo songs. All the singers sound wonderful even though I don't understand the words.

The geographical area from which this music is selected is not limited to Hungary as we know it today. For example, Transylvania (of Dracula fame) was once a part of Hungary but is now part of Romania. Traditional music has a stronger following there than in contemporary Hungary so some Transylvanian acts have been included, where their music is appropriate. Other countries bordering Hungary, particularly Slovakia and Serbia, have significant Hungarian-speaking areas that once were part of Hungary. There are also minority groups within Hungary whose own music has become part of the Hungarian scene. These include Serbs, Croats and Gypsies. The geographical limits are further stretched by the inclusion of a German group calling themselves the Transylvanians, who comprise mainly expatriate Hungarians. Among the artists based in Hungary are some that perform traditional music influenced by other lands, and not just those nearby. So some artists aren't based in Hungary while some tracks aren't especially Hungarian, but all the music here has a strong connection to Hungary, one way or another.
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I would recommend this wonderful C.D. to anyone! The rich tapestry of soulful tunes is an absolute delight and I love every single track. The songs are mainly up-tempo with plenty of fast violin, but there are also a few rather beautiful slower tracks for good measure. The second track on the C.D.'s listing, by Parno Graszt, is particularly infectious and stays in one's consciousness for days! Admittedly I do not understand Hungarian, but for some reason it just didn't seem to matter. It is probably the best world music recording I have heard for a very long time. I feel the desire to explore Hungarian Gypsy music further after listening to this C.D. Perfect music for dancing as it is so full of vibrant energy, but equally enjoyable when sitting still as it is not overbearing. Love it!
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An excellent compilation and a good taster for lovers of Hungarian music. The raucous nature of much of the music is captured well.
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Wasn't sure what to expect here but this is filled with the most enjoyable music in a variety of styles. Well worth a try!
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