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Márta Sebestyén


Country of origin:

Hungary

Type of music generally:

Traditional Hungarian, world music

Status:

Most recent release, Angyali szó zengedez (seasonal, 2012)

See also:

English version of Márta Sebestyén's site

Wikipedia's entry on Márta Sebestyén

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for her work with Muzsikas

Comparisons:

This is a very hard call. I guess there are some similarities to some of the voices and vocal stylings of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. At least, that's probably the only similar-sounding music that I am familiar with. Of course, her work with Muzsikas is similar to her solo work. (Neile)

Covers/own material:

Traditional material and covers

General comments:

Márta Sebestyén is a master of traditional Hungarian singing, and has expanded her range in recent recordings with equal success. She has the nasal intonation and occasionally slightly (to western ears) discordant/mournful sound of eastern European singing, but she uses this wonderfully evocatively, particularly in the yearning music common to her culture, and can be delightfully lively in lively songs. She really is something special and unique. She's best known as "the voice in the film The English Patient" but ectophiles has been talking about her for years. (Neile)

Comments about live performance:

I saw Márta Sebestyén with Muzsikas earlier this evening. It was a really stunning show, so long as you aren't put off by a little discordancy here and there. It was interesting how much more I liked the Maramaros section of the concert, since that was the music I knew best. (3/96, neal)

I saw her with Muzsikas at about the same time Neal did, and it stand out in my memory as an astonishingly lively and fun concert. There were a lot of people familiar with Hungarian folk music and dances in the audience and they danced throughout the concert, and the musicians and Márta Sebestyén played and sang until the crowd was exhausted but would have been willing for it to go on forever. A remarkable evening! (11/00, Neile)

Recommended first album:

Best Of Márta Sebestyén would probably be a good starting place, though my favourite is probably Muzsikas

Recordings include:

  • also see Muzsikas's entry for recordings under their name
  • Muzsikas (1987)
  • Apocrypha (1992)
  • Kismet (1996)
  • Best Of Márta Sebestyén (compilation, 1997)
  • World Star of World Music (2000)
  • Inspirations (with Gaál János Gyulai, 2001)
  • Angyalok és pásztorok (seasonal, 2006)
  • Nyitva látám mennyeknek kapuját (2008)
  • Magyar népköltéézet (2008)
  • I Can See the Gates of Heaven (2009)
  • Örvendezzünk! (seasonal, 2011)
  • Angyali szó zengedez (seasonal, 2012)

Muzsikas

Release info:

1987—Hannibal/Rykodisc—HNCD 1330

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for world music fans

Group members:

Márta Sebestyén—vocal, recorder

Guest artists:

Muzsikas:
     Sándor Csoóri—guitar, hurdy-gurdy, kobsa
     Dániel Hamar—bass
     Péter Éri—bass, buzuki, cello, kontra, tambur, duduk, shawm
     Mihály Sipos—violin, zither
Zoltán Juhász—recorder
Bela Halmos—violin
László Porteleki—violin
Csaba Ökrös—violin
Antal Fekete—kontra
Katalin Gyenis—voice
Amdrás Berecz—voice, jews-harp

Produced by:

Mihály Sipos

Comments:

This is very simple, strong, lively, and mournful collection of songs—the kind of music that makes your feet want to move and then the next song breaks your heart. (Neile)

Apocrypha

Release info:

1992—Hannibal/Rykodisc

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for Márta Sebestyén fans

Group members:

Márta Sebestyén—vocals

Guest artists:

Anna Cserepes—vocals
Karoly Cserepes—computers/sounds, duduk, glute, synthesizer, tilinka
Tibor Donászi—drums
Janos Hasur—violin
Lászlo Hortobágyi—bells
Mihály Huszár—double bass
Ferenc Kiss—recorder
Szabolcs Szoranyi—bass
Levente Szörényi—vocals

Produced by:

Karoly Cserepes, Szabolcs Szoranyi, Ibolya Toth

Comments:

For some reason I've just never liked this collection as much of the others of hers I've heard. It seems a little less melodic for some reason, more experimental. I'd recommend her other discs before this one. (Neile)

Kismet

Release info:

1996—Rykodisc—HNCD 1392

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for anyone who likes this type of world music

Group members:

Márta Sebestyén—vocals

Guest artists:

Nikola Parov—guitar, koboz, flute, tambourine, keyboard, bouzouki, kaval, gadulka, clarinet, tambura, gardon, whistles, bass, drum programming, sequencer programming
Zoltan Lantos—violin
Kornel Horvath—percussion
Péter Éri—mandola on 1 track
András Berecz—voice on 1 track

Produced by:

Nikola Parov

Comments:

By all means pick up Márta Sebestyén's Kismet, which continues her trend away from pure traditional Hungarian music into a balkan/celtic/electronic blend that manages to be surprising without losing the solid, intuitively 'right' feel that traditional music tends to pick up over centuries of playing.... (bossert@suddensound.com)

I love this woman's voice and singing style, and yes, Greg is right, the music she has chosen for this collection, though it expands on her previous work, suits her voice and performance. A lovely collection. (Neile)

It's pretty interesting, as it gives her unique take on folk music from a number of different places. It takes me a while for stuff like that to sink in, so one listen is nowhere near enough. (neal)


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