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Building a Library: Mateo Flecha's ensaladas

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Mateo Flecha's ensaladas; David Owen Norris discuss the recorded legacy of Emil Gilels; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Tess Knighton compares recordings of the 'Ensaladas' of the early sixteenth-century Mateo Flecha, written for the diversion of courtiers. A captivating mixture of popular song, madrigal and liturgical music Flecha's lively Ensaladas have in recent years attracted a range of performance styles, from one voice to a part to recordings with full choir and instruments.

David Owen Norris joins Andrew to discuss the recorded legacy of Emil Gilels, born a hundred years ago this week.
One of the few Soviet musicians allowed to tour the West, Gilels had an extensive repertoire which ranged from the Baroque to the works of Debussy, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. David Owen Norris picks highlights from Deutsche Grammophon's 24-CD 'complete' recordings, a 7-CD set of RCA Red Seal and, more recently, a bumper 50-CD set from Melodiya.

Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • György Ligeti

    6 Bagatelles For Wind Quintet

    Orchestra: Les Siècles.
    • Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for wind quintet.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Concerto No. 2 In C Minor Op.18 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov.
    • Erato : 019029595469.
    • Erato.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    2 Pieces For Piano 6 Hands

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Performer: Aleksandar Madžar.
    • Erato : 019029595469.
    • Erato.
    • 11.
  • György Ligeti

    Chamber Concerto For 13 Instruments

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Musicales Actes Sud : ASM 26.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
    • 6.
  • Charles Ives

    Hallowe'en (from Three Outdoor Scenes)

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dances - Series 2 Op.72, Orch. Composer [orig. Pf Duet]

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • DECCA : 478 9548.
    • DECCA.
    • 10.
  • Amanda Maier-Rontgen

    Swedish Tunes and Dances - No. 4

    Composer: Julius Röntgen. Performer: Gregory Maytan. Performer: Ann-Sofi Klingberg.
    • db Productions.
  • Amanda Maier-Rontgen

    Piano Quartet in E minor - ii. Andante

    Performer: Gregory Maytan. Performer: Bernt Lysell. Performer: Sara Wijk. Performer: Ann-Sofi Klingberg.
    • db Productions.
  • Amanda Maier-Rontgen

    Violin Concerto in D minor - Allegro risoluto

    Performer: Gregory Maytan. Conductor: Andreas Stoehr. Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester.
    • db Productions.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio In B Flat Major D.898 For Piano And Strings

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Performer: Daniel Sepec. Performer: Roel Dieltiens.
    • Harmonia Mundi : HMC 902233.34.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1-2.


Ligeti: Six Bagatelles, Kammerkonzert & Dix pieces pour quintette a vent

Les Siecles, Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)



Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18; Morceaux de Fantaisie Op. 3; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14; Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov (conductor), Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Aleksandar Madžar (piano), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

ERATO 9029595469


Danse Macabre: Kent Nagano

BALAKIREV: Symphonic Poem 'Tamara'

DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

DVORAK: The Noon Witch Op. 108 (B196)

IVES, C: Hallowe'en

MUSSORGSKY: A Night on the Bare Mountain

SAINT-SAENS: Danse macabre Op. 40

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano (conductor)

DECCA 4830396 

9.30am – Building a Library

Tess Knighton compares recordings of the 'Ensaladas' of the early sixteenth-century Mateo Flecha and recommends a version.  

Building a Library Recommendations

Top recommendation:


Las Ensaladas- Spanish Songs of the 16th Century

PERE ALBERCH VILA: El Bon jorn; La Lucha

MATEU FLETXA: El Fuego; La Bomba


La Colombina

K617 k617216

Other recordings:


Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Tess Knighton also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.


Canciones y Ensaladas: Songs and Instrumental Pieces of the Spanish Golden Age

ENRIQUE DE VALDERRABANO: Contrapunto sobre el tenor del conde claros

JUAN VASQUEZ: Ojos morenos; Que yo, mi madre, yo; Mi mal de causa es; Gentil senora mia; Agora que se de amor; El que sin ti bivir, ya no querria; Lagrimas de mi consuelo

JUAN BRUDIEU: En los mon pus sou dotada del set goigs

MATEO FLECHA: La Bomba; La Guerra

ALONSO MUDARRA: Fantasia del quarto tono; Cavallero, queraysme dexar; Fantasia del quinto tono; Fantasia del primer tono

Ensemble Clement Janequin, Dominique Visse (director)

Harmonia Mundi HMC 901627


Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8 Op. 46 Nos. 1-8; Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16 Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

DECCA 4789458


Amanda Maier: Violin Concerto, Piano Quartet and other works

MAIER, A: Violin Concerto in D minor; Piano Quartet in E minor; Swedish Tunes and Dances

Gregory Maytan (violin), Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andreas Stoehr, Ann-Sofi Lingberg (piano), Bernt Lysell (viola), Sara Wijk (cello)


10.45am – David Owen Norris on new releases to mark Emil Gilels’ centenary

David Owen Norris joins Andrew to discuss new releases of recordings of Emil Gilels, including the following discs:


Emil Gilels: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Amadeus Quartet, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum (conductor), Elena Gilels (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm (conductor), Emil Gilels (piano)

DG 4794651 [24 CDs]


Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA & Columbia Collection

BACH, J S: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 10 in E minor, BWV855: Prelude

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 83

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11

LISZT: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850; Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B minor Op. 61

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23; Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23

Emil Gilels (piano)

RCA 88875177312 [7 CDs]


Emil Gilels: The Seattle Recital

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major Op. 53 'Waldstein'

CHOPIN: Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major Op. 2

DEBUSSY: Images pour piano - Book 1

PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28; Visions fugitives Op. 22 (extracts)

RAVEL: Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

SILOTI: Transcription of J.S. Bach Prelude BWV 855 for piano in B minor

STRAVINSKY: Danse Russe (from Petrouchka)

Emil Gilels (piano)

DG 4796288


Emil Gilels: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Emil Gilels (piano), Rudolf Barshai (conductor), Karl Eliasberg, Konstantin Ivanov, Neeme Jarvi (conductor), Kirill Kondrashin (conductor), Kurt Sanderling (conductor), Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

MELODIYA MELCD1002433 [50 CDs]

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Schubert: Piano Trios Opp. 99 & 100

SCHUBERT: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898; Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D929; Notturno in E flat major for piano trio, D897 (Op. post.148)

Andreas Staier (fortepiano Christopher Clarke (1996) after Conrad Graf, Vienna 1827), Daniel Sepec (violin Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona 1780), Roel Dieltiens (cello Marten Cornelissen (1992) after Stradivarius)



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