Buenas Noches, mis amigos, and welcome again to the Cabaret! Our lazy exile continues, this time on the shores of the lovely Rio de la Plata in South America. After a few lazy weeks in Spain we managed to catch berths on a freighter out of Barcelona and have made it to beautiful Montevideo, Uruguay, where we await a break in the U-Boot picketts and Royal Navy patrols before we make our return stateside. But oh what a place to relax!
It's a beautiful old seaside city and home to some lovely sights and sounds -- and ringside seats to the destruction of the Graf Spee pocket battleship. Needless to say, although we're in a neutral shipping hub travel by sea in the Atlantic is a little dicey for the moment. So in the mean time, there's always a place for music and libations.
And for that music, we are going Classical. We have with us tonight a living legend, a man who has taken a parlour instrument, the guitar, and transformed it into something sublime, Andres Segovia*. Sheltering here in Montevideo from the chaos that is overtaking Europe, Master Segovia is a rare treat to say the least. Tonight he leaves us spellbound with a haunting rendition of Isaac Albéniz's "Asturias", aka "Leyenda":
Modern recording, obviously. Older recordings are available (if very rare; he hated being recorded), but hearing Segovia requires good sound quality. This also lets us see his effortless virtuoso playing in action.
I'll give you all a few moments for that to pass though you...
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So now, to accompany such a maestro performance would be nigh impossible, but hopefully a glass of the Clericó Cocktail, a white wine cocktail popular here and across the river in Argentina, will do nicely:
- One bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- One orange, peeled, seeded and sliced
- One peach, peeled, pit removed, and cut into wedges
- One banana, peeled and sliced
- Several strawberries, stems off and sliced
- One apple, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
- ½ cup red or green grapes, seeded and sliced
- Juice of one lemon
- 12 ounces of club soda
Dissolve sugar into wine. Add rest of ingredients, stir well, and chill until cold. [link]
* This is no exaggeration. The man actually made the guitar into a respected instrument of virtuosos, not just a cheap instrument for bars and brothels (though it remains a mainstay in those original venues, of course!). George Harrison called Segovia "the father of us all" for a reason.