Flower in Love

  1. Her bouquet
  2. Great bitterness
  3. Be my gold apple
  4. Without any love
  5. Flower in love
  6. All I am left with
  7. The passage…
  8. All animals
  9. Three kinds of flower
  10. A bird in captivity 11. A nightingale
  11. I shall be thine
  12. Can hardly wait
  13. My heart yearns for you
  14. One quarter of an hour

Lovász Irén: voice
Győri István: renaissance lute, baroque guitar
Szabó Zsolt: viola da gamba, fidula
Ágoston Béla: peasant flutes, bagpipe
Horváth Kornél: percussion




The basis of this cd is made up of Hungarian renaissance  poems,  texts which have been preserved in our folksongs, in the songbooks written in long hand in the 16-18th centuries and codices, as well as in the oral tradition of Hungarian love poetry.  You will also hear contemporary “hits” that were popular in those days, but we have also used adaptations of European renaissance dances.

Many pieces of the erstwhile students’ “flower songs” have also survived up to the present. The brand of poetry we wish to showcase here survived in popular culture, straddling the border between folk poetry and conscious art poetry as a kind of  “crossover,” even bridging village culture, urban culture, underground literature, official literature, Hungarian and neighboring cultures. It is this manifold and multicolored world that we wish to conjure here.

We wish to present the specimens of courtship, wooing and loving that were current during the Renaissance so that listeners living today can also enjoy them.

The style of our musical performance is admittedly down-to-earth, trying to bring to the listener archaic texts through the natural singing voice.  Besides the elegant string instruments of early music we also use peasant flutes, bagpipes and archaic percussion instruments to facilitate the appreciation of this old music through the naïve charm of these flutes, the elemental force of the bagpipe, and the virtuosity of the old percussion instruments. Our musicians have gathered from various fields and traditions including experimental jazz, early music, contemporary folk music experimental jazz. We hope this will enhance the “crossover” nature of our CD.

All of the performers brought their own special skills in order to bring to life this musical tradition now several hundred years old. This is what makes this re-interpretation of early music so human and contemporary.

We believe we truly own only as much of the goods inherited from our ancestors as we can comprehend and use for our own edification, mood, amusement and delight.

Irén Lovász

Budapest, 2009.


Songs and music  are based on traditional folksongs, texts, poems and renaissance instrumental dances.

Szöveg/ texts: traditional,

Zene, hangszerelés / music, instrumentation:  Győri István – Lovász Irén

Kivéve/except: Ágoston B.- Lovász I. (9.) and Horváth K-Lovász I.(14.)

Koncepció, válogatás, szerkesztés/concept and compillation: Lovász Irén – Győri István


A felvétel a STUDIO202 hangstúdióban készült Budapesten, 2008 októberében./

Recorded in the STUDIO 202, Budapest, October 2008.

Hangmérnök /recorded and mixed by: Glaser Péter

Mastering/ mastered by: Rozgonyi Péter,

Zenei rendező/ musical director: Mizsei Zoltán

Művészeti vezető/artistic director: Győri István

Producer/ produced by: Lovász Irén


A szövegeket angolra fordította/ English translation:  Prof.Dr. Makkai Ádám

Fotó: Jung Zseni, György Ábel

Grafika, design: Avalanche Grafikai Stúdió