OUR RELEASES

Hangvető has been publishing the best of Hungarian folk and world music since 2003. Our own publishing house, Music Hungary, and our record label, Folk Europa has produced hundreds of records in the genres of authentic traditional folk, world music, and jazz. As the local distributors of the Munich-based ECM Records, we are able to sell records by giants such as Keith Jarrett or Andras Schiff alongside our own published records by the most renowned artists of today, such the Tükrös Band and Mónika Lakatos.

It is our mission to bring high-quality music to those who have the hears for it. Enjoy browsing this showcase of our newest records! For our complete catalogue of published records please and don’t hesitate to contact us.

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HALLGATÓ
Ferenc Snétberger & Keller Quartett

BUDAPEST CONCERT
Keith Jarrett

On Hallgató, recorded live in the Grand Hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy, Ferenc Snétberger and the Keller Quartett, respectively Hungary’s outstanding acoustic guitarist and its foremost string quartet, are heard together and separately in a moving and organically unfolding programme, with compositions by Snétberger, Shostakovich, John Dowland and Samuel Barber. Snétberger’s “In Memory of My People”, dedicated to his Sinti and Roma forebears, is a powerful and spirited piece, both threnody and celebration. Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, also dedicated to the victims of war, is played with great sensitivity and feeling by the Keller musicians. There are beautiful arrangements of John Dowland as well. In total: a very involving and gripping album. Recorded in December 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher. International release date: 12 February 2021.

The Budapest Concert double album was released just after Keith Jarrett announced that due to his illness he will no longer be able to perform live. The new double feature documents the pianist’s solo performance at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Jarrett, whose family roots reach back to Hungary, viewed the concert as akin to a homecoming – also with regard to his lifelong affection for Bartók, as he explained to the audience – and the context inspired much creative Improvisation. Keith Jarrett has been saying that he views Budapest Concert as his current “gold standard”, the reference work against which other solo recordings might be measured.



JOHANNES BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTOS
András Schiff

My enthusiasm for Brahms goes back to my youth, and the piano concertos are largely responsible for it,” writes Sir András Schiff in a liner note for this remarkable new recording. It finds the great pianist reassessing interpretive approaches to Brahms in the inspired company of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. To fully bring out the characteristics of Brahms’s music Schiff’s choice of instrument is a Blüthner piano built in Leipzig around 1859, the year in which the D minor concerto was premiered. The historically informed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays with the flexibility, attitude, and responsiveness of a chamber music ensemble, as they work without a conductor, listening attentively to each other. András Schiff’s collaboration with the orchestra in a series of concerts was widely acclaimed: “Brahms’s First Piano Concerto was reborn thanks to the OAE’s incisive playing and András Schiff’s characterful phrasing”, The Guardian exclaimed. The musicians’ mutual wish to recapture the experience led to the present double album, recorded in London in December 2019. An extensive CD booklet includes liner notes by András Schiff and Peter Gülke in English and German.

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SZÓL A VILÁG
Napfonat

HANGSZÍN
Mónika Lakatos and the Gypsy Voices

Napfonat is an energetic female a cappella band. Five voices that join in a powerful polyphonic braid of sound, supported by percussion instruments, amounting to something greater than the sum of its parts.
Their debut album Szól a Világ is an exciting journey through styles, cultures and human stories. Napfonat looks for the wisdom that all folk cultures share – their first album is ripe with the bravery and intimacy of soul searching.
Napfonat is Kriszti Farkas (Volkova), Heni Szalay, Anita Szarka, Eszter Tóth and Orsi Tóth. They reach out to each other, to their audience and to the deeper truths of life through song – each a polyphonic investigation of truth and beauty, fear, longing, and desire.
Their new album is available now in digital and offline stores (Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music).

Mónika’s voice soars like a bird over the fizzing guitars and vocal percussion on the new album. But what really lingers in the memory are the darker, elegiac tracks that one feels say something profound about Gypsy life in Hungary.” – Simon Broughton, editor-in-chief, Songlines.
Hangszín is an exquisite album of living Olah Romani musical heritage, brought to life by Mónika Lakatos and the Gipsy Voices. Experience the dynamic vocals and the elemental beat as they carry us through songs of sorrow and happiness, sometimes inseparably intertwined.
Mónika Lakatos is a world-renown figure of Olah Romani culture and a shining star of world music. Her new album is available now in digital and offline stores (Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp, Amazon Music, Apple Music).


ERDŐK, VIZEK ZENÉJE
Tükrös Band

The Tükrös band turned 30 in 2016 – its members have been playing authentic folk string music for decades, with traditional tunes originating from the Transylvanian plains and Satmar region. Their sixth album, „Erdők, vizek zenéje” presents songs from central regions of Transylvania and the banks of the Maros and Küküllő creeks – special folk melodies that even the most frequent dance house visitors might not be familiar with. Band members have learned to play these songs in their most authentic form, having made friends with and learning from local musicians back in the 1980s and ‘90s. The album is available in digital and offline stores (Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music).