The Spanish guitar – Rioja
If it were possible for the sound of an instrument to distil the spirit of a people, then surely the Spanish guitar does just that. Indeed, the opening phrase of the Adagio in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez arguably says as much about the Spanish disposition as any historian or commentator has ever managed. Having fallen into a steady decline from its high point in the 17th Century, Spanish music found a new voice in the wave of musical nationalism that swept across Europe during the romantic period. In Spain it gave rise to a golden generation of composers in Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. At the same time that Spanish music was finding its voice on the world stage, Spanish viticulture was transforming a near disaster into its own international success story: Rioja. In this tasting participants can enjoy the purest musical expression of old Spain paired with it’s most successful wine.
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