01 Souvenir de K (12:10)
02 ELKA (12:21)
03 Image (9:47)
04 Concerto Per Te (12:48)
Total time: 47:00
LP released on Hungaroton, 1989
Since 1994, István Szigeti (b1952) has been the director of Hungary’s National Radio HEAR Music Studio, a professional facility provided to composers of electroacoustic music. There was another electroacoustic studio in Budapest during the 1970s, the Budapest New Music Studio, where people like Péter Eötvös used to compose. Though Szigeti also composes for traditional instruments, this LP is a selection from his electroacoustic works from the 1980s. Szigeti’s music retains some of early electroacoustic’s freshness and naivety – not that the compositions are naive, far from it ; but Szigeti believes in electroacoustic music as a means to convey the human’s inner emotions. Szigeti creates dreamy and haunting surreal electronic promenades build on electronic sounds (keyboards and programming) and vocals, be it poetry reading (from Sándor Weöres on tr. # 1 and László Nagy tr.#3), reciting, singing, electronically treated or otherwise processed. The compositions emphasize human voice’s liquid sonorities and we are treated wet hungarian phonemes a-plenty. Everything happens in a dream-like state, typical from Eastern Europe’s surrealism (think czech legendary film Valerie soundtrack, for instance).
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