Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, June 2nd, 2020
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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Ensemble of Georgian folk song “Rustavi” is the unusual phenomenon with which the ancient, centuries old Georgian culture, its historic past, nature, life, existence, customs and astounding originality are associated. This is the ensemble, which conquered the world with music – the acceptable weapon for all people. There is almost no prestigious concert hall in the world, where the audiences have not expressed their admiration with these wonderful singers. When listening to this men’s choir, we feel that in their music there is nothing instantly local, that their aspiration, which comes from the depth of centuries is directed to the future. The ensemble’s such high position in folk art is greatly thanks to the fact that its director is Anzor Erkomaishvili whose contribution to Georgian folk music without exaggeration makes him distinguished person. As if he was born with the mission to take the baton of his singing ancestors, to take care of this unique treasure and to enrich it with scores and audio recordings scattered in the archives all over the world.
Who has not held in hands the collections, scores and records that he has published, has to experience new feeling and amazement with ancient Georgian culture.
I personally was filled with pride and feeling of dignity, when I witnessed the triumph of “Rustavi” in an old Gothic Temple in Germany watching how the nation of another grand culture appreciated the superiority of the polyphony of an old but not numerous people in the civilized world.
This is what usually happens anywhere “Rustavi” performs. It is thanks to “Rustavi” that the Americans and the Japanese sing Georgian polyphonic music and the number of friends of Georgia have increased all over the world.
Is there any job, more important than this for homeland?
I wish the ensemble big success.