Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, December 5th, 2019
Connecting with the 50th anniversary of the Ensemble “Rustavi”, there has been published a very important anthology – “400 Georgian Folk Songs”.
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Often, here, in Israel, when I talk about Georgian culture, its painting or folk music, it is very easy for me to find appropriate examples because to our fortune, if we have anything valuable, everything is enrolled and kept as documentary materials.
If a question refers to the Georgian folk music, I always have only one answer: listen to the Ensemble “Rustavi”!
Georgian folk musical achievement has indeed very good, special fortune. It was under the patronage of outstanding, brilliant workers in the fields of music or scientific research, great Georgian composers, choirmasters, folklore masters and the creator of it by itself, the Georgian people for whom to the present day it has been as clear as a pikestaff the value of the treasure originated from its entrails.
But, the deed made by the Ensemble “Rustavi” has a tremendous significance and value. It managed to present the Georgian people’s intangible heritage in its full, high academic quality form in concert halls and in most cases retained the quality of its performance as classic samples in the mind of the audience.
Wouldn’t it have been enough for the Georgian nation if the Ensemble “Rustavi” had only sung (according to the existed traditions) folk songs? Would it not have been enough if there had grown up only one great singer in its heart (Hamlet Gonashvili)? Would we not have considered enough their persistent try if they had marked the thesaurus of the Georgian folk music on the world music map, recorded almost one thousand folk songs and church hymns, restored and revived, transferred them to the note system? Would it not have been enough if they had created the young’s Ensemble “Martve” and handed down the existing huge experience to future generations, supported and worked shoulder to shoulder with professional composers (O. Taqtaqishvili, Giya Kancheli, Vakhtang Kakhidze, Ioseb Kechakmadze, Joseph Bardanashvily, etc.) in order to give the folk song the hue enriched with the author’s new view and perform it at the world’s famous concert or symphonic halls together with other classical samples.
Would it not indeed have been enough all of this for a small nation that at the same time had had a great history? It goes without saying, it would have been absolutely enough!!!
Georgian folk musical attainment has an excellent, exceptional fortune because for more than half a century it is under the patronage of the Ensemble “Rustavi” headed by Anzor Erkomaishvili, an Honored Art Worker, person who devoted his whole life to this job.
Well done for I feel great admiration for your patriotism!!!
Israel. 04.19. 2015