Márta Fábián ‘Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1’

Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1 front cover
Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1 back cover
Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1 side A

Much like a manifesto of things to come in Hungaroton’s cimbalom department, this 1978 record, Márta Fábián‘s first under her own name, offers a glimpse into the fascinating sonorities the instrument gained thanks to contemporary Hungarian composers (see previous post). The sparse, enchanting sounds of the solo cimbalom featured on side A (tr.#1-3) seem like a tabula rasa after ages of folk tunes on flexi-disc postcards. Mostly played pianissimo, side A’s sparse, rarefied music has a remarkable power of evocation, thanks to eerie sonorities and a surreal atmosphere. The chamber music on side B pairs the cimbalom with high pitched instruments like violin, viola, flute and soprano singers. But the hushed, soft sonorities continue the dream-like theme of the first side. A rather impressive achievement considering Márta Fábián was only 22 when she recorded this Cimbalommüvek album.

01 Sándor Szokolay Quattro Lamenti (8:50)
02 Lajos Papp 9 Bagatelles (8:04)
03 Kamilló Lendvay Disposizioni (8:24)
04 Endre Székely Trio (11:48)
05 Miklós Kocsár Kassák-dalok (9:10)
06 László Sáry Quartetto (5:52)

Katalin Szökefalvy-Nagy, voice
Magdolna Tarkó, voice
András Kiss, violin
Tivadar Popa, viola
István Matúz, flute
László Vidovsky, conductor

Total time 52:00
LP released by Hungaroton, Hungary, 1978

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See also:
Márta Fábián ‘Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 2′ >

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11 Responses to “Márta Fábián ‘Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1’”


  1. 1 Janas November 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

    What a nice surprise, thank you again.

  2. 2 newname November 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Beautiful Continuo…Thanks!!

  3. 3 newname November 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

    It sounds as if the music is written for some modular system

  4. 4 continuo November 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

    An apt description, indeed. Definitely out of this world music, in any case.

  5. 5 newname November 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Yes, ..yes ofcourse

  6. 6 Maready November 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    More Cimbalom! More Hungaraton! Great cover! Thanks so much.

  7. 7 continuo November 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you all for your comments.

  8. 8 Reimer November 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your peerless blog

  9. 9 continuo November 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    You’re welcome.

  10. 10 brunoduplant November 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    what’s a fantastic blog and what’s a fantastic album, with also the vol 2 !!! my deep respect…

  11. 11 continuo November 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hi, Bruno. There is a kind of Márta Fábián fan club growing up on this blog, which is just wonderful. Glad you felt inclined to join.


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