The Five Kingdoms of Spain

August 23, 2017, 10:00 pm

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The Mosque of Córdoba (Photo: James (Jim) Gordon, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Roman, Germanic, Byzantine, French, Arabic, and Jewish cultures all contributed to Spanish music. This week, a program of vocal music from Spain from the 13th-17th centuries: settings of secular and sacred texts by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Mateo Flecha the Elder, plus anonymous Sephardic and Navarrese love songs, reflecting the mix of cultures throughout the 5 Kingdoms of Spain.

This week’s musical selections come from WFMT’s Richard and Mary L. Gray Music Library and Candice Agree’s personal collection.


Teobaldo I, Rey de Navarra (1201-1253)
Phelipe, je vous demande
Eduardo Paniagua Group
Danzas medievales españolas
M-A Recordings M034A

Mateo Flecha (el viejo) (1481–1553)
El Fuego
La viuda

Andrew Lawrence-King; King’Singers
Fire-Water: The Spirit of Renaissance Spain
RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-63519-2

Sephardic traditional
Ah, el novio no quiere dinero
Aquel rey de Francia

Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano
Victoria de los Angeles: Songs of Spain.
EMI Classics 7243 5 66937 2 2

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Vadam et circuibo
Vidi speciosam

Stile Antico
Song of Songs: Palestrina-Gombert-Lassus-Victoria
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807489

Opening and Closing Theme for Baroque&Before:
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)