Novosti Karmieli. Israel. 10. 02. 2011

On December 1st, in Karmiel, there was held a joint concert by the orchestra of Israel ‘Camerata of Jerusalem’ and Georgian men’s choir ‘Rustavi’.

S.Kramer

We live in the time when all kinds of spuriousness prevail. The monotony of feelings has become the norm of our life. And we usually don’t protest seeing someone with a Chinese doll jumping on a stage whose voice is technically so mangled that it’s impossible to recognize it, and the music which is also recorded beforehand, represents only ‘the musical background’. Soon, I suppose, the phonogram will be crowned by sound recording which will completely reveal vices of falseness and lie…

Taking into consideration the above-said, it’s greater and more unexpected the joy received from the date with a live voice and sounds. Certainly, it’s not easy to believe from the very first sight that there aren’t any false elements. You go deep in all of this, watch carefully and try to discover somewhere hidden microphones and secret electric wires connected to the instruments. But no, – you can see neither wires nor microphones!

The orchestra of Israel ‘Camerata of Jerusalem’ presented classic in live. A flute and violins, violoncellos and contrabasses, trumpets and harpsichord (!) had such sound if they were played several hundred years ago – without electric amplifiers and microphones. And there was presented Vivaldi, and Bach, and astonished, silent audience in the hall, the audience that heard and saw genuine culture. From the very first chords the public was captured by the desired eternity. Blessed society gathered that evening, deeply sensitive and very grateful.

The attraction of ‘live’, perfectly performed classic compositions causes our inspiration. The hall was covered by the tides of genuine feelings received from the music sang centuries ago and each listener in these tides could feel something that applied to their personality – touching profile expressed by the magnificently dancing couples. The dancers were dressed up as inhabitants of shtetel going to synagogue…

After this on the stage appeared ten imposing Georgians who were dressed in light-red national capes, had short daggers in their belts and wore black boots – it was Georgian men’s choir ‘Rustavi’.

Georgian choir song has been known since the old Greeks and is unique by its extraordinary and perfect performing style. Ten years ago UNESCO proclaimed it ‘The Masterpiece of Intangible Verbal Heritage of the Humanity’. This evening we had the chance to listen to this wonderful polyphony…

The singers were singing in numerous languages, though is it necessary any translation if you listen all this by heart? Very beautiful polyphony, as a ‘flag galloping in the air, hung over the armies’, made you imagine and was associated with the castles raised to the clouds, the wisdom of the world, solemn sadness. But the sadness was cleared away by the Georgians – through complex and smooth grace-notes. In this they were accompanied by an outstanding Georgian Jew, composer and conductor of Israel Joseph Bardanashvily who charmed the audience by his grand master eccentricity.

Georgian ‘Rustavi’ and the ‘Camerata’ of Israel together presented such composition, which as ‘the final of ancient tragedies’ shook the hall with stormy applauses. After this the ‘Camerata’ made its farewells to the audience and left the hall, but ‘Rustavi’ was singing almost until the midnight – because they made them stay with their ovations and  presumably another reason of this is that giving concert in front of the audience of Karmiel was very pleasurable…

 

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The inhabitant of Karmiel, Lei Razmadzi’s opinion connecting with the concert: ‘I was born and brought up in Tbilisi. And what is table polyphony, I know very well. It is national musical tradition. When they are sitting and singing, the music is not necessary!

This is the first tour of the Ensemble ‘Rustavi’ choir in Karmiel and in Israel. They have visited lots of countries but they haven’t arrived in Israel until recently.

I’d like to express my sincere gratefulness to Joseph Bardanashvily. He works with ‘Camerata’ as an invited composer. The joint concert – it was his idea, which completely justified our hopes! They have gifted us an unbelievable festival!’.

It’s true. The soul is happy only in expectation of the festival…