A collection of Georgian traditional songs that serve to provide a small glimpse of the song forms practiced over the centuries by this often disputed region (annexed for decades by the Soviet Union, and afterwards in political and social flux.) In Georgian folk song, harmony is the main point, with melody and lyrics either subservient or subsumed; and as the music is built on a non-tempered form that retains a degree of fluidity in terms of how pitch is used, the result has a bite that is quite attention getting. Ensemble Georgika, formed in 1989, performs work, table, and historical songs, as well as hymns that have strong pagan elements to them. Overall, the music has a raw beauty to it, and an uplifting strength that not only explains its durability, but provides an excellent reason to listen to it.
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