Records Ltd distributor of
'World Music' music
ABT Records music CD releases.
Hungary based Transylvanian and Hungarian
folk music label.
Okros ensemble, Sandor 'Neti' Fodor, Marta
Sebesteyn and others.
Selected CD releases from the
ABT Records catalogue:
Description of CD releases from
Where available mp3 sound samples
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approx 30 second sample.
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
Dancing in the Forest
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.
Rabakozi Karej, Dus, Csardas Es
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
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
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
Comes in book format, CD size
hardback, with approximately 44
pages of text and photos. In English
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,
Csárdás, Sűrű csárdás, "Miről
apám búsan szóli ..",
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
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
Transylvanian Tanchaz with Gazsa and
fellow musicians joined by the
renowned singer Katie Panek.
'Transylvanian Folk Music at its
Hardback book format, 28 pages of
notes, photographs and graphics.
Lyrics in English and Hungarian.
Viszik a Maygar Fiukat
Zsuka, Kejsza, Cepper
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.
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
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