1996 – Irén Lovász & László Hortobágyi : Rosebuds in a Stoneyard (CD’s)


Irén Lovász sings old Hungarian folksongs, which still belong to the oral tradition. Both the texts and the melodies have survived and changed in the vernacular for centuries, without being recorded. All we know is that the oldest diatonic and psalmodic lamenting styles date back to the ancient times, when the Hungarians still lived together with their Finno-Ugric relatives in Asia around 2,000 B.C. and in the region of the Volga river before 1,000 B.C. The songs come from different places of historical Hungary, representing the five main ethnographical dialects of the Hungarians.: The mystical charisma of this music can be felt, even without any exact knowledge about the historical background. It guides us into an archaic world that would otherwise remain closed to the greater part of our rational mind and our ability to experience things rationally. Irén Lovász grew up in the middle of Hungary, where folksongs are still being sung on a daily basis. She began to collect these songs as a student of Linguistics and Literature. She had to take adventurous and often dangerous trips in order to collect these archaic songs, for example, to Transylvania inside today’s Rumania. the twenty-three songs on the present CD were discovered by her in this manner. Irén Lovász sang in folk-music groups and Middle-Age music ensembles and was a member of the Gáyan Uttejak Orchestra directed by László Hortobágyi. She lives in Budapest and works as an assistant professor of Anthropology and Ethnology. The Hungarian composer, musician and producer, László Hortobágyi, creates unique compositions using his filigree acoustics and electronic instrumentation in which our listening awareness becomes able to experience this archaic world.

01 On The Water’s Stony Bank
02 Till I Live, I’llchant Tales
03 Fair Ilona Márton
04 On A Rainbow’s Snow-Mount
05 With Thee, My Flower
06 Little Lass
07 Hey, Peacock
08 Tuberoses
09 Two Fair Lovers
10 The Dawn Is Cracking
11 Alight, Little Birdie
12 Mull It Over, Sweetheart
13 The Trees Start Crying
14 In Chains
15 Ferryman
16 Sun’s Setting
17 Harvest
18 Tisza River
19 My Rosebud Departed
20 Cypress Shakes
21 Yellow-Foot Raven
22 Wide Is The Danube
23 Colors Of The Earth