La Petite Bande

Category:kamerorkest, ensemble, oude muziek
Genre(s):barok, classicisme
Actual/previous members:Ryo Terakado, Sigiswald Kuijken, Vinciane Baudhuin


La Petite Bande was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken, at the behest of the German record label Harmonia Mundi, with a view to recording Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme under the baton of Gustav Leonhardt. Both the size of the ensemble and its name were inspired by Lully’s orchestra at the court of Louis XIV. The overwhelming success of this project resulted in its development into a permanent orchestra. From the beginning La Petite Bande set as its goal to revive early music, both soundwise and in terms of interpretation, with as much fidelity as possible, without however lapsing into dour academicism. 

Therefore period instruments were preferred and the musicians tried to restore the old techniques of playing to boot. Initially the emphasis lay preponderantly on French baroque music, with composers such as Lully, André Campra, and a cosmopolitan German composer such as Georg Muffat.  The Italian repertoire followed, with Corelli and Vivaldi among others. Evidently the oeuvre of J.S.  Bach followed suit. Lately the orchestra has been noted for its acclaimed interpretations of classical masters such as Mozart and Haydn. La Petite Bande earned lavish praise at numerous festivals and at the great international venues in Europe, Japan, China, Australia, and South America.

Selective discography

Mozart: Eine Kleine NachtmusikMozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (2021)
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
J.S. Bach - Kantaten im JanuarJ.S. Bach - Kantaten im Januar (2021)
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Heinrich Schütz - Resurrection of ChristHeinrich Schütz - Resurrection of Christ (2019)
La Petite Bande, Heinrich Schütz, Sigiswald Kuijken
The Complete Lithurgical Year in 64 CantatasThe Complete Lithurgical Year in 64 Cantatas (2017)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach J.S. - WeihnachtsoratoriumBach J.S. - Weihnachtsoratorium (2014)
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas 54, 134, 168 en 186Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas 54, 134, 168 en 186 (2014)
early music
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach, Siri Thornhill, Elisabeth Hermans, Yeree Suh, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - The Orchestral SuitesBach Johann Sebastian - The Orchestral Suites (2013)
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 34-129-173-184Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 34-129-173-184 (2013)
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, Sigiswald Kuijken
A portrait - La Petite BandeA portrait - La Petite Bande (2012)
Baroque, classicism
Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, René Jacobs, Werner van Mechelen, Huub Claessens, Donato Di Stefano, Markus Schäfer, Monica Groop (...)
Haydn Joseph - Die TageszeitenHaydn Joseph - Die Tageszeiten (2012)
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
romanticism, early music, Baroque
Diverse uitvoerders

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Haydn - Die Tageszeiten (03.2013)
Bach - Wie Schön Leuchtet Der Morgenstern (08.2008)
Notable cantatas from Herreweghe and Kuijken, the latter often revelatory (08.2008)
Haydn - Harpsichord concertos in F and G. Divertimento in F. (06.2008)
Kuijken and La Petite Bande (01.2004)
Documents:25 jaar La Petite Bande (book)