GERMAN CRITICS’ AWARD 1996/III. ! 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 relatives in Asia around 2,000 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.
music: LÁSZLÓ HORTOBÁGYI,