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Ensemble Rustavi

by Ensemble Rustavi

“…My recent years’ deepest musical impression is Georgian polyphonic folk songs.” "The Georgian yodel called krimanchuli is the finest of all that I have ever heard,” - Igor Stravinsky.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mravalzhamieri (feat. Bondo Gugava & Tariel Onashvili)
5:00 album only
2. Didavoi Nana (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria & Giorgi Bugianishvili)
3:12 $0.99
3. Mkhedruli (feat. Zurab Bakuradze, Giorgi Bugianishvili & Tariel Onashvili)
2:40 $0.99
4. Varado (feat. Davit Gvelesiani)
3:00 $0.99
5. Adila-Alipasha (feat. Gedevan Jincharadze, Badri Chikhiashvili & Giorgi Manoshvili)
2:24 $0.99
6. Dala Kojars Khelghvazhale (feat. Magda Zhorzholiani & Tamaz Mamaladze)
2:59 $0.99
7. Chonguro (feat. Lado Tandilashvili)
4:08 $0.99
8. Rirara (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria, Giorgi Bugianishvili & Davit Gvelesiani)
3:31 $0.99
9. Si Soul Si Tsira (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Goderdzi Janelidze & Davit Gvelesiani)
2:22 $0.99
10. Chona (feat. Tariel Onashvili)
3:16 $0.99
11. Nu Gikvars, Qalav (feat. Badri Chikhiashvili & Tamar Gogochuri)
3:07 $0.99
12. Aghdgomisa Dghe Ars (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili & Giorgi Manoshvili)
2:21 $0.99
13. Vosa (feat. Gedevan Jincharadze, Badri Chikhiashvili & Giorgi Manoshvili)
2:37 $0.99
14. Aba, Ula! (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria)
4:02 $0.99
15. Romelni Qerubinta
2:59 $0.99
16. Murzai Beqsil (feat. Amiran Mamaladze)
3:24 $0.99
17. Tu Ase Turpa Ikavi (feat. Lado Tandilashvili)
3:24 album only
18. Dalie (feat. Bondo Gugava)
2:39 $0.99
19. Madlobeli (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili & Giorgi Manoshvili)
2:14 $0.99
20. Voisa-Harirati (feat. Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Goderdzi Janelidze & Giorgi Bugianishvili)
3:36 $0.99
21. Qartuli Satsekvao (feat. Merab Samkurashvili, Davit Gvelesiani & Giorgi Aleqsandria)
1:39 $0.99
22. Pot-Pourri of Georgian Melodies (feat. Merab Samkurashvili, Davit Gvelesiani & Giorgi Aleqsandria)
2:45 album only
23. Garekakhuri Sachidao (feat. Tariel Onashvili)
3:16 $0.99
24. Khasanbegura (feat. Gedevan Jincharadze, Badri Chikhiashvili, Goderdzi Janelidze & Giorgi Manoshvili)
3:10 album only
25. Chakrulo (feat. Zurab Bakuradze, Davit Qaliashvili, Giorgi Bugianishvili & Tariel Onashvili)
5:15 album only
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Album Notes
Quite a long time has passed since Georgian musical folklore that dates back to ancient times has gained international recognition. Scientists of many countries talk about the phenomenon of our folk music, about its variety, about an amazingly high level of its development and artistic values.
The most distinctive feature of Georgian musical folklore is polyphony. Most songs consist of three parts. There are also four-part songs, e.g. the ones from the west of Georgia, namely, Gurian and Acharian, Kanuri songs (the ones performed in the cornfield) are distinguished for they consist of four parts.
In 1977 the Americans sent the Georgian folk song “Chakrulo” together with musical masterpieces of the world by spaceships Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 into space.
On May 18th, 2001 UNESCO proclaimed Georgian folk song a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of the Humanity’s Spiritual Culture.
The Ensemble “Rustavi” was founded in 1968. It was distinguished for its high artistic features from the very beginning, and it gained popularity all over Georgia soon, then it successfully gave concerts abroad. A few years later, by the government’s decision the Ensemble “Rustavi” was designated by the status of “State Ensemble”.
This renowned collective has led the folk concert movement in Georgia almost for half a century already, tirelessly popularizing Georgian folk music works in the world.
Since its foundation, the “Rustavi” aimed at reviving and popularizing long forgotten and unknown folk songs and their different variants that in its turn, represents an invaluable endowment.
The founder and artistic director of the “Rustavi” is Anzor Erkomaishvili, choirmaster – Badri Toidze.
The “Rustavi” ’s performance is intense, active and multifarious: it holds concerts and participates in festivals, sounds movies, takes part in radio and TV programs, produces compact discs and publishes anthologies of folk songs. They make films about the “Rustavi”. It gives concerts with a triumphal success in many countries of the world. All this brought “Rustavi” an unbelievable popularity.
Since its inception, “Rustavi” has performed more than 5,000 concerts, has gone on a tour to about 80 countries. The Ensemble was hosted by the world’s most prestigious concert halls: London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican Centre, Olympia of Paris, Mogador, Players Theater, New York’s Beacon Theater and The Metropolitan Concert Hall, The Vienna Philharmonic Concert Hall, Berlin’s Grand Philharmonic Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Grand Concert Hall, The Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, The State Kremlin Palace of Congress, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Concert Hall, The Auditorium in Rome, and concert halls in Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Kiev, Minsk, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Helsinki, Israel, China, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Ecuador, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, etc.
In 2005, at its own 60th jubilee conducted in Tokyo, UNESCO invited only the Ensemble “Rustavi” to hold a concert.
In recent years, the “Rustavi” tightly collaborates with the well known “Cloud Gate” Dance Theater of Taiwan (Ballet-master LIN Hwai-min) and participates with them in ballet plays the name of which is “Songs of the Wanderers”.
The repertoire of the “Rustavi” is diverse, including unique songs, dances, and instrumental pieces from the west and east parts of Georgia. The Ensemble strives to present the rich and ancient folk world of Georgia in all its originality, diversity and richness.
The “Rustavi” ’s singers come from different parts of Georgia. They are genetically linked to the roots of the folk works, each bringing the singing samples and performance traditions of his native province to the group. This close link to traditional sources intensifies the ensemble’s diverse national qualities, enables the listener to feel and perceive an incomparable tint of the national charm.
Throughout the years, there have been more than 40 outstanding singers in “Rustavi”.
For today, the Ensemble “Rustavi” has recorded more than 800 songs and church hymns. These recordings have been produced as LP records as well as compact discs. In 2015, first time in Georgia, the “Rustavi” produced a unique anthology collection consisting of 16 compact discs. The collection comprises 380 Georgian folk songs which are recorded by the singers of all the generations of the “Rustavi”.
Today the members of the ensemble are: Giorgi Bugianishvili, Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Davit Gvelesiani, Giorgi Natroshvili, Merab Samkurashvili, Ilia Kurashvili, Davit Qaliashvili, Giorgi Manoshvili, Gedevan Jincharadze.
These singers continue in the finest tradition of their predecessors from the “Rustavi”.

World Press on “Rustavi”

‘This concert deserves high appraise indeed. The refined art of the Georgians excited each of us. The ‘Rustavi’ was a huge success, which none of us will ever forget. Spain had never seen such an interesting, colorful, highly academic concert carrying such an exquisite folk tint.’
‘La Nueba Espagna’, Spain, 17. 07. 1975

‘The male choir is very powerful (male, indeed): strong sounding in all timbres, exceeding our ‘Companion Dela Chanson’ and ‘Frere Jaques’ collectives, look faded.
Oh! What a glorious choir!’
Grenoble, France, 08. 08. 1979
Roger Vinior

‘Each song of the nine singers was the crown of the best music art. The tuneful serenades sung with warm, soft, tender melodic and sometimes magic ‘pianissimo’, and strange sad melodies, and patriotic and other brilliant songs with exclamations that come from ancient times and the harmony and melody of which are strange, but overly fascinating, are sometimes sung in stormy ‘forte’, and make indelible impression.
This is truly traditional art, colorful and original.’
‘Le Figaro’, Paris, France, Olympia. 03. 03. 1983
Rene Sirvin

‘Georgia’s traditional songs from the Caucasus mountains present the fundament of the traditional songs of Europe and Asia.
The men’s ensemble ‘Rustavi’ sounds as a church choir. In some songs it reminds us the echo of the angels’ voice. Among these songs the most distinct and great are the songs where harmony bursts because of intricate sounds. With these sounds you can hear a different exquisite voice – yodel (‘Krimanchuli’), which moves up and down very swiftly and makes this wonder much more beautiful.
‘Rustavi’ ’s choir is refined, its songs haven’t lost their original dignity, aroma, color.’
‘New York Times’, USA, 04. 07. 1990

‘…The 90 minutes gave the feeling of the most brilliant art which is obviously deeply complex and imbued with a distinctive vitality and piquancy.
The ‘Rustavi’ Choir is legendary in its peculiar interpretation of its national culture: the singing is amazingly polished and intricate, where apparently, some Georgians would balk at the prospect of performing the virtuoso songs from the Gurian region, the ‘Rustavi’ Choir, in singing one entitled ‘Khasanbegura’, demonstrated breathtaking fluency and athletic prowess in procuring the strange, characteristic yodeling noise called ‘Krimanchuli’’.
‘Proms’ 25 and 26, Royal Albert Hall,
Great Britain, 11. 08. 1997

The concert of the State Academic Ensemble ‘Rustavi’ of Folk Song and Dance of Georgia was held in the evening of November 18th on the stage of Auditorium,- one of the most prestigious halls of Rome. The concert was a great success. There was lengthy applause from the standing audience. As they told us, they couldn’t remember such a successful performance in the hall. It was a real triumph.
Rome, Italy. Press Release. 2010

…On the stage perform ten men. From this second begins the triumph of sounds that have never touched our ears accustomed to the eastern music. First and foremost, it has to be noted the quality of the performance – from almost murmuring depths of pianissimo to the peaks of fortissimo. This is the clear evidence of the fact that there are the sounds which are so strong that even a concert hall is too small to hold them. ‘Rustavi’s singers have a perfect command of voices.
There was held the best concert. We are listening to the art which is very old, but hasn’t lost its charm even at least. They sing so wonderfully only in Georgia.
Internet Site ‘Bahama‘, Israel, 02. 02. 2011
Iosi Shipman

Through listening to the Ensemble ‘Rustavi’ you can enjoy yourself the greatest soulful emotions and feelings, it’s a real musical celebration. The Ensemble through its masterly art and wonderful, Caucasus culture makes an indelible impression on the audience and opens the existing borders between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam.
Booklet. DRESDNER MUSIKFESTSPIELE, Dresden, Germany. 18. 05. – 05. 06. 2011

The Ensemble “Rustavi” ’s success in Taiwan was beyond any expectations. This fact was also echoed in the local press.
The men’s choir of the Ensemble “Rustavi” presents itself Georgia’s national treasure. The most significant characteristic of the Ensemble is polyphonic songs. Best-known for its vocal polyphony, the “Rustavi” is the crown of the national collectives in Georgia. It has already given concerts more than seventy countries of the world.
“China Times”. Taipei, Taiwan. About Ensemble ‘Rustavi’. 20. 02. 2013

The successful tour of the Ensemble “Rustavi” to the People’s Republic of China continues. This time a concert was held in Beijing, at the most prestigious concert hall in whole Asia. The hall was overcrowded with the listener.
The members of the Ensemble, who are well acquainted with the success, were awarded with sincere ovations from the present audience. They performed several songs on a “bis”. Deep inspiration and exaltation were caused by two popular songs performed by the “Rustavi” in Chinese which were presented to the public as a surprise. The deeply impressed audience were singing the songs with the ensemble.
Beijing, China.
Press Release. 13. 08. 2015

“The “Rustavi” Ensemble’s brilliant performances and their dynamic style truly embody and perfectly emphasize the significance of the Georgian songs. Through this they have been fascinating people around the globe and are presenting the most trustworthy, fundamental and clear answer to the question – what true happiness to human being is.”
Shoji Yamashiro (Japan)
Leader (Kumigashira) of GeinohYamashirogumi
Tokyo. 2015

The sacred hymn performed by the Ensemble “Rustavi” that we have just listened to, is an excellent instrument not only for presenting Georgia’s image, Georgian culture, but it is also a wonderful means, a language for humanity to interact with one another.
The singers of the “Rustavi” perfectly managed to reveal two aspects of the Georgian sacred hymn: one of them is strong, that arouses a very keen emotion in us, and the second one is mystic, calm, that is also too
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
President of the Pontifical Council for Culture of the Holy See



1. MRAVALZHAMIERI (GRDZELI KAKHURI (From Telavi Region)) – table song – Bondo Gugava, Tariel Onashvili – 4:57
2. DIDAVOI NANA (ASE CHONGURI) – Samegrelo, lyric song – Giorgi Aleqsandria, chonguri – Giorgi Bugianishvili – 3:09
3. MKHEDRULI – Imereti – Zurab Bakuradze, trio: Giorgi Bugianishvili, Tariel Onashvili, Zurab Bakuradze – 2:37
4. VARADO (The Song of Rock) – Abkhazia – Davit Gvelesiani – 2:58
5. ADILA-ALIPASHA – Guria-Achara - Gedevan Jincharadze, Badri Chikhiashvili, Giorgi Manoshvili – 2:22
6. DALA KOJARS KHELGHVAZHALE – Svaneti, hunting round dance song, changi – Magda Zhorzholiani, chuniri – Tamaz Mamaladze – 2:56
7. CHONGURO – Kakheti, lyric song – Lado Tandilashvili – 4:05
8. RIRARA (The song is dedicated to the folk hero Mancha) – Abkhazia, heroic song - Giorgi Aleqsandria, Giorgi Bugianishvili, Davit Gvelesiani – 3:28
9. SI SOUL SI TSIRA – Samegrelo, lyric song – Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Goderdzi Janelidze, chonguri – Davit Gvelesiani – 2:19
10. CHONA – Qartli, Easter song – Tariel Onashvili – 3:13
11. NU GIKVARS, QALAV – Kakheti, amorous song, elaborated by Piruz Makhatelashvili – Badri Chikhiashvili, Tamar Gogochuri – 3:04
12. AGHDGOMISA DGHE ARS – church hymn, Guria-Imereti dialect – Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Giorgi Manoshvili – 2:18
13. VOSA – Achara, table song – trio: Gedevan Jincharadze, Badri Chikhiashvili, Giorgi Manoshvili – 2:34
14. ABA, ULA! – Samegrelo, marching song – Giorgi Aleqsandria – 3:59
15. ROMELNI QERUBINTA – sacred hymn, Qartli-Kakheti dialect – 2:56
16. MURZAI BEQSIL – Svaneti, epic-historic, round dance song – Amiran Mamaladze – 3:22
17. TU ASE TURPA IKAVI – Kakheti, amorous song – Lado Tandilashvili – 3:23
18. DALIE – Racha, table song – Bondo Gugava – 2:37
19. MADLOBELI – Guria, table song – Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Giorgi Manoshvili – 2:12
20. VOISA-HARIRATI – Samegrelo, dance song – trio: Giorgi Aleqsandria, Badri Chikhiashvili, Goderdzi Janelidze. Soloist - Giorgi Aleqsandria. Chonguri – Giorgi Bugianishvili – 3:34
21. QARTULI SATSEKVAO – Merab Samkurashvili (salamuri (Georgian flute)), Davit Gvelesiani (panduri), Giorgi Aleqsandria (bass-panduri) – 1:35
22. POT-POURRI OF GEORGIAN MELODIES - Merab Samkurashvili (salamuri (Georgian flute)), Davit Gvelesiani (panduri), Giorgi Aleqsandria (bass-panduri) – 2:41
23. GAREKAKHURI SACHIDAO – Kakheti, dance song – Tariel Onashvili – 3:13
24. KHASANBEGURA – Guria, historic song – Gedevan Jincharadze (Krimanchuli (Yodel)), Badri Chikhiashvili (Beginner), Goderdzi Janelidze (Bass) (paragraphs I, II, IV), Giorgi Manoshvili (Bass) (paragraphs III, V) – 3:08
25. CHAKRULO – Kakheti, table song – Zurab Bakuradze, Davit Qaliashvili, Giorgi Bugianishvili, Tariel Onashvili – 5:14

Sound Producer: Mikheil Kilosanidze



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