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Anonymous 4 - Christmas Music from Medieval Hungary
The famous female vocal quartet offers unusual holiday music.

Ildikó Vékony - With mallets and strings
Performances on solo cimbalom of J.S. Bach's 'Partita No. 3 in E major' and 'Sonata No. 1 in G minor.' The artist says: 'Why this music? ...you may ask. Some pieces I have been playing for ages; others I have always wanted to play. Some are not really my world, (but sometimes we long for another world); some are pieces I have been waiting for, and yet I needed years to uncover their deeper meaning. And some have jolted me out of my habits, highlighting for me the moment when a sound is born.'

Mihaly Borbely Quartet - Meselia Hill
Mihály Borbélyplays clarinet and jazz saxophone as well kaval flute and tárogató (a wooden soprano saxophone) joined by an ensemble of piano, bass and drums with guests Zoltán Lantos (violin) and Miklós Lukács (cimbalom). Says Michael Stone in RootsWorld, "If Bartók played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbély Quartet, combining Serbian, Slovak, Gypsy, Jewish and German folk influences with classical music, shot through with that thing that swings. Roland Kirk would understand."

La Campagnie des musiques a ouir - La manivelle magyare
Three talented young French musicians, Denis Charolles, Frederic Gastard and Christophe Monniot produce the sound of a 25-piece orchestra, with a repertoire that extends from popular folk numbers, to pop music, to their own compositions. It's all quite mad and challenging, all the more so by the inclusion of three of Hungary's best and most adventurous jazz musicians: guitarist Gábor Gadó, pianist Béla Szakcsi and violinist Balázs Bujtor.

De-Alfoldi Saxophone Ensemble - Totagas
When Hungarians want to say that too many cooks spoil the broth, they say that 'two pipers in the same inn are one too many.' Yet these three pipers (saxophonists) get on like a house on fire. They are: Béla Ágoston, Béla Burány and Balázs Szokolay. Joined by Róbert Benko on double bass and Tamás Geröly Sándor on drums, they cook up a storm of reeds both rattling and sublime.

Gabor Gado - Modern dances for the advanced in age
Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gadó and his ensemble offer "a tongue-in-cheek sextet rounded out by a pair of saxes, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums... a certain down-at-the-heels dancehall feel: odd time changes, droll, edgy tango, cha cha and calypso, a guitar owing as much to Hendrix, Hawaii and heavy metal as to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while the spirits of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini drift by for the album closer, 'Moon River,' a place you've never been but might want to reconnoiter." - RootsWorld

Kovács Ferenc - Magony Vonósok (2 CD set)
The Magony orchestra was formed in 2001, to perform in live Ferenc Kovács's solo album. Their repertory has been continuously enlarged with their own compositions and special elaborations of well-known Hungarian folk songs. Their musical style can be summed up by the expression 'contemporary rustic music.' The aim of Magony, the artist states, 'is to express our ancient Hungarian emotions in a Hungarian way by melting the classical, the Gypsy and our folk traditions.'

Nigun - KlezJazz
This Hungarian bands mixes Jewish music (folk, klezmer, Sephardic, and sacred) with jazz and free-improvisative elements. This music is characterized by both the melodic turns of Jewish music and improvisational elements. The aim of Nigun is not only preserving heritage but creating new values.

Ferenc Kiss - Outlaws of the City -Nagyvárosi bujdosók
The Outlaws of the City is a thematic or as it is nowadays called a concept album. In the songs, lyrics and performance I used a lot from what I have learnt in the past 25 years about folk cultures, and the way we can use them today. The prosaic supplements, which I call texts that accompany the songs, cannot be sung, but they all relate, at some places closely, at others loosely, to the imagery of the songs. They make each other complete. They are about me, and my loved ones, and about those who can never be loved. Memories about my generation and the hiding. My childhood, and school, fears, the recognition and the fire, music and water, the respect of traditions and rebellion, landscapes and people, tales and travels, the myth and bureaucracy, duty and love, self destruction and attachments, home and the native land, the rustling of skirts, our fate, the child's eyes, the smell of books, the wings of freedom and of course happiness, joy, wine and dance, and the language of the Bible and the streets, hungary, hungarian, klezmorim,magyar, ferenc kiss, agoston bela, bagpipes, duda, accordion, accordeon

Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band - Live in Germany
Kálmán Balogh is probabky the best known cimbalom player in the world, having toured everywhere and played in a variety of settings and styles. His Gypsy Cimbalom Band has never been more energetic than on this live concert recording, collaborating with classical, jazz and folk musicians in a program of traditional tunes transformed into artful, modern dance music that he calls Gypsy Jazz.

Eletfa - Gyokereink (Our Roots)
US based Hungarian band preserves the roots for a new generation, bringing the music, stories and dances of eastern Europe to life

Eletfa - Szep Szivarvany (Beautiful Rainbow)
Focused on the voice of Natalia Zagyva, this CD is a collection of village folk songs with instrumental accompaniment by Kalman Ocsi Magyar and the Elefta ensemble.

Kalman Magyar - Exposed
The noted Hungarian musicians steps out of his usual role as ambassador of Hungarian village music to show off not only his musicianship but also his diverse musical interests, in a recording of Hungarian, Romanian, Balkan and Gypsy songs. Kalman performs all the parts on this studio recording, and impresses throughout.

Dallam-Dougou - New Destiny
A unique ensemble of African and European-American musicians, who merge the dougou (place) of west African with the dallam (melody) of Hungary to create a new musical sound completely imaginary and completely original.

Kiss Ferenc - Sounds of seven towers
Features the a decade-plus of programme music pieces composed by Ferenc Kiss. Among others we can hear the world-famous composition written for the Hungarian Pavilion, which was designed by Imre Makovecz for the Expo 1992 in Seville; the accompanying music written for the folk-dance gala programme at the Szeged Open Air Festival; some music excerpts to the dance choreographies by Jolán Foltin and other rarities.

Janos Sipos - In the wake of Bartok in Anatolia
Traditional music collected near Adana

various artists - Sereny Magyaros
Whistle music from Moldavia, Hungary

Ferenc Kiss - Cigany Torveny / Romani Kris (Gypsy Law)
Music from the film by Bence Gyongyossy

Dresch Quartet - Tul a Vizen
More brilliant jazz from Hungary, deep in traditional roots, high on the creative scale. featureing Mihaly Dresch on saxophone, flutes, cimbalom, and vocals, with an ensemble of drums, bass and Ferenc Kovacs on violin and trumpet

Dresch Dudas Mihaly Quartet - Reveszem, Reveszem
Jazz quartet explores Hungarian folk themes

Budapest Klezmer Band - Train 7.40
Besides traditional Jewish compositions, the album contains pieces from the Budapest production of'Fiddler on the roof'.

Kovács Ferenc - Magony
A solo album by the violin soloist of Djabe, Kalman Balogh's Gypsy Cimbalom Band and Dresh Quartet.

The Danubians - The Danubians
Amy Denio, Pavel Fajt, Csaba Hajnoczy and Gaby Kenderesi

Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Miklos Lukacs - Check it out, Igor
Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, piano and Miklós Lukács on cimbalom offer some wild and far-ranging improvised musical duests drawing on the musical grammar of Roman and Hungarian Gypsy tradition, classical keyboard from the Baroque to Bartók, and jazz styles from barrelhouse to bebop to Braxton. Challenging doesn't begin to describe it!

Transsylvanians - Igen!
They call it 'Hungarian speedfolk' and it does have velocity. This mostly-acoustic ensemble's high-octane brand of folk encompasses the eastern and western with ease and attitude.

Zsaratnok - The Balkan Move
Nicola Parov and his ensemble from Hungary

various artists - Csillagok, Csillagok (Stars, stars)
Subtitled 'Celebration Of Hungarian Music,' it is surely a party, with an excellent cast of contributors including Éva Korpás, Ági Szalóki, Róbert Lakatos, Mihály Dresch, Ferenc Kovács, Kálmán Balogh and many others, in a set of songs given personal settings by the artists

Szaloki Agi - Lament
Ági Szalóki sings music from folk songs originate from Moldva and Gyimes (from the Hungarian/Romanian border), accompanied by saxophone, percussion, guitar, bass and piano, in modern, jazz-like but not jazz-bound settings that are personal and unique.

Balogh Kálmán and Gipsy Cimbalom Band - Aroma
2003 release by Hungary's best known player of the hammer-dulcimer (cimbalom), accompanied by a stellar group of musicians on guitar, bass, violins, horns, derbouka and vocals. Stellar, as always.

Elmer Balasz Group - Around the world
The Hungarian drummer and his ensemble of piano, bass, guitar and percussion in a set of jazz based on Hungarian roots, with Mihály Dresch on flute, David Yengibarjan on accordion, and vocalists Gábor Winand and Henriett Czerovszky.

Mihaly Dresch Quartet - Árgyélus
Hungarian saxophonist and compoer Mihály Dresch 's 2007 release. The artist says: I have the feeling that people today are missing a kind of organic musical culture based on a clear overview of a system, typical for example of traditional Indian music or the Transylvanian music of our ancestors. Yet it would seem that at present we are unable to create a new musical system at this level, so we try, piecemeal fashion, to tack together the systems we consider important. The result of this 'piecing together' is inevitably a fragmentary culture. Listen

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