Raymond Switzer & László Makay | Whither can a lover go?/Hová mehet a szerelmes?

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Whither can a lover go?/Hová mehet a szerelmes?

by Raymond Switzer & László Makay

The album has elements of Middle Eastern, Hungarian folk, Hungarian Roma, Spanish Roma, and Columbian music. The lyrics were taken from the collection of verses entitled The Hidden Words by Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the baha'i Faith.
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1. Whither Can A Lover Go? / Hová Mehet A Szerelmes?
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5:06 $1.25
2. My Stronghold / Erős Vár
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3:14 $1.25
3. Bring Thyself To Account / Adj Számot Magadnak
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2:18 $1.25
4. How Long Art Thou To Slumber? / Meddig Szunnyadsz?
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8:27 $1.25
5. Humble Thyself Before Me / Alázkodj Meg Előttem
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3:35 $1.25
6. Wouldst Thou Have Me / Ha Engem Akarsz
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7:45 $1.25
7. The True Lover / Aki Igazán Szeret
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3:17 $1.25
8. With The Joyful Tidings Of Light / A Fény Örömhírével
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3:37 $1.25
9. Deny Not My Servant / Ne Tagadd Meg
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4:08 $1.25
10. Thy Heart Is My Home / Szíved Az Én Otthonom
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3:20 $1.25
11. The Rose Of Love / A Szeretet Rózsája
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3:46 $1.25
12. The Best Of Man / A Legjobb Ember
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Music
This CD has elements of Middle Eastern, Hungarian folk, Hungarian Roma (gypsy), Spanish Roma, and Afro-Colombian music elements combined with modern influences of jazz.
The compositions were done in Hungary by musicians inspired by the beauty of the words, seeking to put them into a musical setting which would allow the listener to feel their power and reflect on their meaning.

The lyrics to these pieces were taken from a collection of the mystic verses entitled "The Hidden Words" by Bahá’u’lláh. founder of the baha'i Faith.
The original of these verses were composed in Arabic and Persian in 1856 while Bahá’u’lláh took walks along the banks of the Tigris during His first, His Baghdad exile.
The Hidden Words have been translated into over 200 hundred languages - the Hungarian version used here was translated by Jenny Weisz in the 1930s.


The Vocalist
Beatrix Tárnoki

The Seven Valleys
Raymond Switzer, guitar
Laszlo Makay, 6 string bass
David Dely, percussion

Guest Musicians
Shango Dely, persucussion.
Jácint Péter Jiling , hand crafted flute
Csaba Szegő, clarinet, tenor sax
Amin Rahimi, santur


Reviews


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Helen Kenioston Oney

What a lovely surprise!
I am really really enjoying these settings of the Baha'i Writings! How wonderful to be able to hear them this way!

Andrew Singer

Whither can a lover go - The Seven Valleys
This album is a jewel. Several years in the making, the deep harmony, quality and commitment of its musicians and superb production values of this CD make these songs like the buffed and radiant faces of a single polished diamond. The musical performance is so pulled down it is as if it has always existed, waiting to be made available in exactly this way, and so this is a work that will stay in your listening set like a familiar painting in the home that you turn to again and again for years. This exquisitely mature musicality is inextricably bound with the profound nature of the mystical texts being sung. The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh are a poetic testament to the timeless morality of the Kingdom of God throughout the world, presented in a form both aesthetically novel and subtly profound. Thus as the songs become familiar their texts also function as a lifelong meditation on how to approach a more sanctified existence. The music too is so well-crafted that it seems to exist outside of a particular time or existing culture. I cannot imagine a finer vehicle than this to accompany such a text. Thank you to the musicians for their dedication in fusing their talents in this timeless treasure of a CD. It will be an enhancement to any life it touches.
Andrew Singer