Lucy Duran travels to Georgia, to find out how its ancient musical traditions have fared after decades of occupation and instability.
Since gaining independence in 1991, Georgia has been a land of political disorder, culminating in the peaceful Rose Revolution of 2003. Lucy Duran travels to this little-visited country to find out how its ancient musical traditions have fared after decades of occupation and instability.
Music recorded on location for the programme includes lively polyphonic drinking songs and the beautiful choral music of the Georgian Church.
Lucy interviews Rob Parsons, the BBC's former Moscow correspondent, about Georgia and its polyphonic music. At an outdoors dinner party at Rob Parsons country house in Kakheti, Lucy listens to the magical polyphonic acappella singing of the eight singers of Tsinandali performing traditional Georgian songs, while enjoying exquisite traditional food and wine. She also admires the beautiful scenery of the valley and the Caucasian mountains, the highest in Europe (yes, higher than the Alps…).
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Lucy Duran meets Rob Parsons
Lucy Duran interviews Rob Parsons about Georgia and its polyphonic music.
Typical urban Tbilisi song.
Eldar Shoshitashvili and his Ensemble sing a typical urban Tbilisi song.
Interview with Eldar Shoshitashvili.
Lucy Duran and Rob Parsons interview Duduk player Eldar Shoshitashvili.
Eldar Shoshitashvili on wrestling.
Duduk player Eldar Shoshitashvili talks about the Duduk’s connection to wrestling.
Georgian polyphonic chanting.
Lucy Duran and Rob Parsons listen to exquisite Georgian polyphonic chanting.
Wine from the Kakheti region.
Lucy Duran and Rob Parsons on the road to the Kakheti region famous for its wine.
A Bakhtrioni Group
A Bakhtrioni Group plays the traditional music of the Tusheti region of Georgia.
Vano's wine cellar.
Lucy Duran and Rob Parsons visiting Vano's wine cellar.
Song - Chakrulo
Part one ends with “Chakrulo”, the song that was sent on the Voyager space craft.
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