Istvan Martha is a Hungarian composer who released two underground cult records
of the 1980s: Hearts and The Wind Rises (1987).
The latter was recorded live in the countryside by a group of rock, jazz and
classical musicians, and it features sounds of the countryside itself (nature,
people, traditional music).
The album in its entirety sounds like a tribute to the life of rural people.
The music, far from being merely pastoral and elegiac, is also a veiled,
allegorical attack against communism, the oppressive regime of the time.
The eight-minute introduction, The Wind Rises, is a free-form collage
of natural and instrumental sounds.
The traditional folk lament of Ruin acquires a much deeper meaning in
the hands of the improvisers.
Ditto for the driving dance of Kapolcs Alarm.
These pieces exude a violence and a frustration that have little in common with
the lives of the peasants.
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