Paco Valladares, Concha Cuetos, Manuel Galiana and José María Arcos were the stars of "Baco's Garden", reciting verses that covered all periods, from Romanticism to Modernism
The recital "Baco's Garden. The Modern Tradition", which was hosted at Fenavin, came to a startling end with the phrase in favor of sustainable economy "Let's save water and drink wine". This initiative has been sponsored by 'Vinos de la España de Don Quijote'. The actors Paco Valladares, Concha Cuetos, Manuel Galiana and José María Arcos all took turns in the recital, regaling the audience with two dozen poems that covered all periods, from romanticism to modernism.
If in the year 2003, at Fenavin's first "Baco's Garden" recital, classic European, Arab and Hebrew poems were recited, on this occasion it was the turn of twenty-four poems that covered all periods, from romanticism to modernism.
The deep, fire-water rippled voice of Paco Valladares matched beautifully with José María Arcos' voice, with both holding the starring roles during the recital's most sparkling moments; and the intimacy that Concha Cuetos's voice gave rise to, represented the perfect complement to Manuel Galiana's serene voice. Hence, the quartet reeled off verses by Espronceda, Keats (Ballad of the Dead Poets), Bretón de los Herreros, Baudelaire, Rosseti, Rueda, Villaespesa, Ruben Darío and the siblings Manuel and Antonio Machado, selection made by the Spanish Literature Chair, Felipe B. Pedraza of the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Tengo alegre la tristeza y triste el vino (A merry sadness and the wine is sad)
"El néctar divino fue dando fuerza al azar" (Divine nectar gave strength to chance): some joyful verses and other sadder verses, and some exquisitely ambiguous verses such as Becquer's "Tengo alegre la tristeza y triste el vino" (A merry sadness and the wine is sad). Hundreds of spectators went from the Andalusian Salvador Rueda, who sang so much to wine that he even dedicated a poem to vinegar, through to the Baco inspired, erotic poem "el gusto del vino en el pezón rosado" (the flavor of wine on the blushing nipple), to then continue with spiritual follies: "El vino es la única religion que hay en la tierra" (Wine is the only religion to be found on earth).
Even nostalgia had its moment at the recital, with "una gota del vino de la melancolía" (a drop of melancholy's wine) by Manuel Machado, and the water-wine symbiosis by his brother Antonio, "Donde hay vino, bebe vino, donde no hay vino, agua fresca" (Where wine is to be found, drink wine, where there is no wine, fresh water) .
The ambience heated up so much that they ended up reciting popular songs, "Vino Amargo" (Bitter Wine) by Rafael Farina and "Viva el vino y las mujeres" (Long live wine and women) by Manolo Escobar, the same in the shape of an aperitif before the Recital that will take place at the next edition of the trade fair, Fenavin 2013, which will cover the 20th and 21st centuries.
Before this though, they gave the recital its final touch, not only with a hymn to life with Luis López Anglada's "Vivir, beber, morir, la vida es corta, levantemos las copas y brindemos" (Live, drink, die, life is short, raise your glasses and let us toast), but also hailing the environment and sustainable economy: "Salvemos el agua, bebamos vino" (Let's save water and drink wine), recalling the trendy phrase stamped on youthful t-shirts, representing the closing of the recital, which was sponsored by 'Vinos de la España de Don Quijote' of the Castilla-La Mancha Tierra de Viñedos Foundation.
Before the recital started, Pedraza pointed out to the journalists that "unlike the time of the classics, the wine and poetry of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century were more refined and the interests differed, turning more intimate and with close-knit ties with eroticism or in the use of eroticism as a symbol," Pedraza underscored.
Valladares mentioned that he finds that this poetic meeting is a fabulous idea, considering that "wine is life, as long as enjoyed in moderation."
In the opinion of Concha Cuetos, FENAVIN has turned into a social, cultural and economic phenomenon of the sector, reaching an impressive magnitude and representing an essential date on the calendar for all those that have something to say about wine."
"The younger generation must learn how to drink, in the exact same way as we teach them how to eat properly"
Now talking to the younger generation, the actress warns that they must be taught how to consume good wines, "exactly the same as when we teach them to eat properly, the younger generation must learn how to drink properly; and I will certainly do this with my own grandchild when he is older, instilling in him the culture of wine, as is likewise the case with moderate consumption, in small doses, which is how wine should be enjoyed."
The actor Manuel Galiana also considers "that it is a fantastic trade fair, which I would really love to be able to visit every single time." In the opinion of Manuel Galiana, wine is health and, as someone who enjoys a good glass of wine, but is not an expert in the matter, he confessed that he tries out the good wines of those places he visits, such as recently Valladolid or Palencia, where he tried a Cigales claret "which was exquisite, very aromatic." He also has praise for the product made in Castilla-La Mancha, in particular the products made by Manuel Manzaneque, "which are simply magnificent" he indicated.
Finally, José María Arcos, valued the exquisite path that has been chosen, "as it is a hymn to that which is sublime in wine, to that which it has given to the great writers of literature." In the opinion of the Manchego actor, wine can stand in its own right in any dimension and human vicissitude "as ever since the world is the world, wine holds its own prominence in culture."