Various artists Barnabás Dukay: Over the Face of the Deep

BMCCD052 2001

Achronic snapshots of infinity - objects passively offering themselves for cognition... The listener finds himself in new dimensions. As if musical space and time in the traditional sense, but in effect still in the 20th century, had ceased to exist.

Katalin Fittler (Gramofon)

Just the matter of time - giving up the autonomous time of music - leads us by Dukay to purification without catharsis.

Miklós Dolinszky (Muzsika)


János Fejérvári - viola (1)
Szilvia Kárpáti - viola (1, 7, 11)
János Láposi - viola (1, 7, 11)
Emil Ludmány - viola (1, 7, 11)
Rajmund Andó - horn (3)
Vilmos Buza - double bass (3)
György Déri - violoncello (3,11)
Zoltán Gyöngyössy - flute (3,7)
Gergely Ittzés - flute (3,7)
Csaba Klenyán - clarinet (3,7)
Márta Melis - viola (3)
Anna Mérey - violin (3,7,11)
Lajos Rozmán - clarinet (3,7)
Péter Soós - horn (3)
Marcell Vámos - violoncello (3,11)
Orsolya Winkler - violin (3,7)
Tamás Bubnó - voice (5)
Péter Patay - voice (5)
Kornél Pechan - voice (5)
István Viszló - voice (5)
Katalin Agnecz - accordion (7)
Balázs Bujtor - violin (7,11)
György Lakatos - bassoon (7)
Gyöngyvér Gupcsó - voice (9)
Katalin Károlyi - voice (9)
Edit Kiss - voice (9)
Ildikó Tájler - voice (9)
Ditta Rohmann - violoncello (11)
Éva Viniczai - violin (11)

Amadinda Percussion Group:
Károly Bojtos (13)
Aurél Holló (13)
Zoltán Rácz (13)
Zoltán Váczi (13)

About the album

Recorded at the Phoenix Studio, Hungary
Recording producer: András Wilheim
Balance engineer: János Bohus
Digital editing: Veronika Vincze

Cover photo: Lenke Szilágyi
Cover drawings: Barnabás Dukay
Design: Meral Yasar

Produced by László Gőz

The recording was sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.


Berry Witherden - Gramophone (en)

Stephen Johnson - BBC Music Magazine (en)

Szitha Tünde - Muzsika (hu)

Fittler Katalin - Gramofon ***** (hu)

Molnár Szabolcs - Magyar Narancs (hu)

Tóth Péter - Café Momus (hu)

Földes Imre - Parlando (interjú) (hu)

3500 HUF 11 EUR

Barnabás Dukay:

01 Mist hovering over the face of the deep – evening version – instrumental motet for four violas 5:01
02 Break 0:11
03 ... like the wind among the rocks – instrumental motet for two flutes, two clarinets, two horns, two violins, viola, two violoncellos and double bass 9:53
04 Break 0:57
05 Mist hovering over the face of the deep – in the cool airy currents of twilight – motet for four tenor voices 5:08
06 Break 0:13
07 To the setting Sun – sacrificial music for twelve instrumental parts – for unspecified ensemble 12:00
08 Break 1:27
09 Mist hovering over the face of the deep – evening version – motet for four alto voices 4:57
10 Break 0:19
11 Incandescence in the fires – nonet for three violins, three violas and three violoncellos 12:11
12 Break 0:50
13 Mist hovering over the face of the deep – in the swirling evening winds – instrumental motet for four marimbas 5:03
Total time 58:10

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Looking back on the twentieth century from 2001, the imprecision of calendar interpretation is noticeable, in the first few years of the century, as well as at the end of it. The year 1900 and the year 2000 were both assigned to two centuries on the basis of various interests. However, according to the traditional mode of calculation, the twentieth century began on the first day of the year 1901 and lasted until the last day of the year 2000.

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Finally, what kind of life can spring from the aforementioned sources of When and Where?

In the course of time, during the short story of one's life, crossroad-situations may occur more than once. In such cases, forces far in excess of our own power will sweep through our lives, granting us an equal chance for death or survival. An act of providential grace, should it appear, will sometimes take a human shape.

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As an initiate of the sacred music of ancient cultures, Z o l t á n   S i m o n  guided me in the primarily unisonous vocal tradition conveying eternity. His miraculous foresight serves as a standard to this day.

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Barnabás Dukay

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