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Georgian Music

Aled Jones explores Georgian music in suburban Yorkshire. He joins local musicians and Georgian choral expert Davit Tsintsadze as they share the country's music, history and food.

A Yorkshire suburb is hardly where you would expect to hear the sounds of Georgian choral music. But thanks to a group of enthusiasts the county has now become a focal point for singers addicted to this ancient musical style encompassing every human emotion. Aled Jones joins local musicians and Georgian choral guru Davit Tsintsadze as they share the country's music, history and food, and finds out what makes the tradition so captivating for those who experience it first-hand.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Georgian Folk Song

    Chakrulo (excerpt)

    Performers: Georgian Nationality Choir, Anzor Kavsadze (director)

    • Archive recording.
  • Joseph Shabalala

    Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

    Performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    • WARNER 9255822.
  • Gurian yodel song

    Megrilian Alilo

    Performers: Samzeo

    • BBC Recording.
  • Georgian Folk Song

    Vakhtanguri

    Performers: Shavnabada

    • SHAVNABADA IV.
  • Georgian Folk Song

    Orira

    Performers: Gigo Erkomaishvili's Choir

    • Archive recording from 1907.
  • Georgian Folk Song

    Ajaruli Shairebi

    Performers: Martve Boys Choir

    • Private recording.
  • Georgian Folk Song

    Nai Nai

    Performers: Samzeo

    • BBC Recording.
  • Georgian Folk Song

    Kontakion of St Nino

    Performers: Shavnabada

    • SHAVNABADA IV.
  • Komitas Vartapet

    Sirt im sasani

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Jan Garbarek

    • ECM 4763855.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Ella Spira

    Inala (opening)

    Performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Ella Spira (piano)

    • Private recording.
  • Joseph Shabalala

    Sibezwa Bekuluma (We Hear Them Talking)

    Performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    • TIMBUKTU FLTRCD502.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Ella Spira

    Inala (extract)

    Performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Ella Spira (piano)

    • Private recording.
  • Joseph Shabalala

    Khayelihle Khaya Lami (My Beautiful Home)

    Performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    • UNIVERSAL 5566822.
  • Roderick Williams

    O Guiding Night

    Performers: The Sixteen, Robert Quinney (piano), Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • CORO 16090.
  • [traditional]

    Gropen arr. Gjermund Larsen

    Performers: Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

    • BIS SACD 1871.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sacred and Profane (Op.91)

    Performers: RIAS Chamber Choir, Marcus Creed (conductor)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901734.

Broadcast

  • Sun 22 May 2011 18:30

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