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5.0 out of 5 stars Your ears will bless you, November 5, 2009
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This is sublime music, exquisitely performed. Whether you are of a religious bent or not the ethereal quality of these liturgical chants will not fail to elevate your spirit.

I do wonder, however, if the characteristic angular harmonies of Georgian polyphony have been softened for export. Certainly the addition of women's voices to music which had traditionally been performed only by male choirs enhances the beauty of the chants. Did director Nana Peradze take liberties with the harmonies as well?

Whether Ms. Peradze did or did not, however, taken for what it is rather than what it might otherwise be this music is still a delight to the ears and, I dare say, to the soul.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2012 4:56:41 AM PDT
Jeremy says:
Having studied Georgian vocal music for the last six years, I can report that in the Georgian Orthodox and other Protestant communities, men and women do sing together often as part of the service and it does not appear to have much effect on sacred repertoire.

As to the question of alteration, I can't say for certain, as it is a wonderfully convoluted and tangled element of any traditional musical form, nor more so than in the Georgian case. If you're really curious on the subject, feel free to read my thesis on the subject, freely accessible via DRUM (search for traditionality and ancientness), or articles from Georgian scholars translated into English on polyphony.ge and georgianchant (at) org
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