I came across Hamlet Gonashvili a while ago when browsing the website of Michael McGlynn (composer and founder of the choral group Anúna) and a list he had created of influential choral groups. The sound was, at the time, probably unlike anything I had heard – it was instantly mesmerising, and yet rich in history and sorrow.
Gonashvili was a marvellous tenor who sung traditional Georgian music, which is characterised by a cappella polyphony. I have included a few sound clips of his work with the Rustavi choir. I wish I could include more, but if you enjoy the following I recommend getting hold of this CD: