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Details of ABT Records music CD releases.

ABT Records

ABT Records
Hungary based Transylvanian and Hungarian folk  music label.
Artists include:
Okros ensemble, Sandor 'Neti' Fodor, Marta Sebesteyn and others.

Selected CD releases from the ABT Records catalogue:


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Description of CD releases from ABT Records
Where available mp3 sound samples are included, click on links for approx 30 second sample.

Egyszolam - Zold erdoben tancolnak: Dancing in the Forest (Somogyi népzene) (ABT009) Music CD - Book format 

Egyszolam - Zold erdoben tancolnak: Dancing in the Forest (Somogyi népzene) (ABT009) Music CD - Book format with 50 pages (in Hungarian and English)
Traditional Hungarian music for shepherd's long flute.
'It is a very special flute used only by herdsmen in Baranya, Somogy and Zala counties of Hungary's 'South Transdanubia'. Its five holes, half moon shaped reed, 80-100 cm and the characteristic so-called 'neutral scale' make it unique in the large family of flutes. Though the last traditional masters of this instrument are no longer alive, it is thanks to Egyszólam that this musical tradition comes to life once again.'
Shepherd's tune
Dancing in the Forest

Ökrös - I left my sweet homeland (ABT008) Music CD digipak

Ökrös - I left my sweet homeland (ABT008) Music CD digipak
Okros are one of the leading folk music ensembles today, playing mainly Transylvanian folk music. They are one of the best interpreters of this type of folk music and on this release are joined by other musicians of equal excellence: Kálmán Balogh on Cymbalom, Aladar Csiszár on violin, and Ágnes Herczku on vocals.

Folk, dance and Gypsy tunes on this release all contain the recurring theme of 'leaving my sweet homeland', a theme made popular by an arrangement of a folksong by Bela Bartok. Variations of it being found in many parts of the Carpathians.
Gyimesi Keserves
Rabakozi Karej, Dus, Csardas Es Friss
Cigany Csingeralasok

Hungarian bagpipe music Sky above us, sky below us (ABT007) Music CD - Book format

Hungarian bagpipe music Sky above us, sky below us (ABT007) Music CD - Book format
Currently out of print, sorry

Sandor Neti Fodor and Laka "Kicsi" Aladár - Folkmusic from Kalotaszeg (ABT006) Music CD - Book format

Sandor Neti Fodor and Laka "Kicsi" Aladár - Folkmusic from Kalotaszeg (ABT006) Music CD - Book format
Hardback book format with 16 pages, in English and Hungarian

Sandor 'Neti' Fodor and
Aladar Kicsi are acknowledged masters in Transylvanian folk music. Here they add to the traditional tunes they know so well with their stunning interplay on violin.

"Sandor Fodor 'Neti' (1922 - 2004) was a representative of the lost generation of great Transylvanian Traditional Fiddlers. These musicians which for the most part are Gypsies, have entertained the people of Transylvania for centuries. They transformed the style of Transylvanian instrumental music, a style which from the eighteenth century onward could already be considered as specific to the Carpathian Basin. On these recording, Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy music intermingle, echoing the general, but at the same time distinctive ring of the Transylvanian spirit. This common language beyond spoken language is dying out, as it is swept away by the consumer society, which largely appeared after the changes in 1989.

Sandor Fodor Neti was well-known and respected in folk music circles. Whenever he appeared amongst us (always with his violin), we celebrate him, and can't wait till meet him again."

Hajnali, csardas es szapora ciganyoknak - Dawn song and Gypsy couple dance
Magyar rend: Szolganota, hajnali, csardas, csardas es szapora - Hungarian cycle: Lament, dawn song, and couple dances
Cigany kalottkiserok es legenyes - Gypsy mourning tunes and men's dance
Legenyesek - Men's dances

Ökrös - Bonchida, three times (ABT005) Music CD - Book format

Ökrös - Bonchida, three times (ABT005) Music CD - Book format
Comes in book format, CD size hardback, with approximately 44 pages of text and photos. In English and Hungarian.
Bonchida is in Transylvania, and the traditional folk music from there is quite unique. It's development has been thought to have evolved from being played for both nobility and peasantry in older times.
A magyaroké: Násznagykísérő, Menyasszonykísérő, Ritka magyar, Sűrű magyar, 
Csárdás, Sűrű csárdás, "Miről apám búsan szóli ..", Hajnali -
Hungarians' tunes: Wedding processional, Accompanying the bride, Slow Hungarian, Fast Hungarian, Csardas, Fast csardas, Lament, Dawn song
A románoké: Tigăneste, Învârtită, Bărbunc, Ungureste des -
Romanians' tunes: Gypsy dance, Whirl dance, Recruiting dance, Fast Hungarian dance
A cigányoké: "Si e dracu supăratu ..", Ungureste Rar, Csingerálás -
Gypsy tunes: Lament, Slow Hungarian, Gypsy csardas, Fast csardas

Gázsa Istvan Papp - Folk music from Transylvania (ABT004) Music CD - Book format

Gázsa Istvan Papp - Folk music from Transylvania (ABT004) Music CD - Book format
Transylvanian Tanchaz with Gazsa and fellow musicians joined by the renowned singer Katie Panek.  'Transylvanian Folk Music at its best.'
Hardback book format, 28 pages of notes, photographs and graphics. Lyrics in English and Hungarian.
Viszik a Maygar Fiukat
Zsuka, Kejsza, Cepper
Futty

Sandor Neti Fodor - Kalotaszegi népzene (ABT002) Music CD

Sandor Neti Fodor - Kalotaszegi népzene (ABT002) Music CD
On this re-issued recording, Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy music intermingle, echoing the general, but at the same time distinctive ring of the Transylvanian spirit. This common language beyond spoken language is dying out, as it is swept away by the consumer society, which largely appeared after the changes in 1989.

Ökrös - Merry-making songs from Kalotaszeg (ABT001) Music CD

Ökrös with Marta Sebesteyn - Merry-making songs from Kalotaszeg (ABT001) Music CD
'This is a selection of traditional Hungarian folk music (in one continuous track). For the person who has never heard this music, the melodies may sound a bit eastern, while at the same time, the accompaniment sounds western. Why is this? The Hungarians wandered into the Carpathian basin in the tenth century, bringing with them, old vocal melodies which have survived, in part, to the present day. Of course as the centuries passed, many things have influenced them. When the Gypsies arrived in the sixteenth century, the two cultures became intertwined, with the Hungarian instrumental music having a significant influence. Later and through the centuries the Turkish occupation and the Austrian Empire also had their influences. Now many different nationalities live together in Hungary, and they have all influenced the music. This can be particularly heard in the music of Transylvania, where Hungarians live together with Romanians, Saxon Germans, and Gypsies. Here we present you with a sample of one type of music from the Kalotaszeg area of Transylvania. It is played on the traditional instruments in the traditional style, with two singers and one violinist who are natives and residents of the Kalotaszeg area.'

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