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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Transcendental Vocals, 12 Nov 2005
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This review is from: Apocrypha (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".
Marta's singing in the film, "English Patient" enhanced the story line and gratefully 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)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great traditional folk songs and a fantastic voice, 14 Jun 2006
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Mme Sonia Thuery "soniaandree" (Bourgogne) - See all my reviews
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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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