Compiled by Jerome F. Weber
This discography of the Cantigas de Santa Maria collected by Alfonso X el Sabio (1221–84), king of Castile, León and Galicia (r. 1252–84), is based on the facsimile of the principal source, El Escorial, Codex j. b. 2, prepared by Higinio Anglés (Barcelona, 1964; his edition is long out of print and unavailable to the compiler). It has been in progress for many years, and a selective version appeared in Fanfare 18:5 (May/June 1995), but the research has been refreshed anew from the original records and newly reformatted to match the Du Fay and Josquin des Prez discographies on this website. The excellent work of Pierre Roberge and Todd McComb in www.medieval.org/emfaq has furnished numerous additional entries (generally, those that lack timings and verses). Michael Gray’s website, classical-discography.org, provided details of some entries.
The works are listed alphabetically and identified by the index numbers in the Anglės edition, adding the number of verses in Codex j. b. 2. The alphabetical order is strictly letter by letter, ignoring word separation and punctuation, a change from the April 2017 version. The recordings are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, timing if available, and the verses included. Following is the issued format (78, 45, LP, 45LP, MC, CD, SACD), the label, the issue number(s), and album title.
At least 369 out of 427 cantigas have been recorded. The total number (427) is reduced by at least six, due to the duplication of 165 and 395; 192 and 397; 267 and 373; 289 and 396; 295 and 388; and 349 and 387. Many of the longer recordings fill in some verses with spoken recitation.
Additions and corrections may be conveyed to the compiler for inclusion in a revised version of the work. Go to Chantdiscography.com and click on ‘contact us’. A scan of a CD booklet that provides needed data would be invaluable.
April 2017; revised and corrected October 2017