La Petite Bande

Category:kamerorkest, ensemble, oude muziek
1972
Genre(s):barok, classicisme
Actual/previous members:Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, Vinciane Baudhuin, Ann Cnop, Frank Theuns
Guest members:Beniamino Paganini

Biography

La Petite Bande (Belgium) was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Harmonia Mundi (Germany) in order to record Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt. The orchestra takes its name and constitution from Lully's own orchestra at the court of Louis XIV. All its members are internationally renowned specialists in the early music field.

Although originally La Petite Bande was not meant to become a permanent orchestra, the success of the recordings was such that they began to give concerts regularly. Having initially concentrated mainly on French music, the orchestra's repertoire has expanded over the years to include music by the Italian masters and that of Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and others.

The 18-part CD series 'Cantatas of J.S. Bach' (ACCENT) is complete since February 2014. Sigiswald Kuijken applies the latest findings in Bach research: no choir, but rather a vocal quartet together with a minimal instrumental scoring. In this way, the fine musical texture of these cantatas can be much better (and more naturally) revealed.

La Petite Bande has recorded instrumental as well as vocal music, including operas and oratorios from the Baroque and Classical periods. La Petite Bande currently makes recordings for Accent, Challenge, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Denon, Seon/Virgin and Hyperion.

La Petite Bande has performed in a multitude of international festivals and concert series, in Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and China.

From 1997 to 2018, La Petite Bande was resident in the city of Leuven.

 

Selective discography

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Don Giovanni / Cosi Fan TutteMozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Don Giovanni / Cosi Fan Tutte (2022)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
Pastorale: Weihnachtliche Instrumentalmusik des BarockPastorale: Weihnachtliche Instrumentalmusik des Barock (2022)
Baroque
Musica Fiorita, Ars Antiqua Austria, Harmonie Universelle, La Petite Bande, Laboratorio '600, Labyrinto, Capricornus Consort Basel, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle (...)
J.S. Bach - The Harpsichord Concertos, Original versions & adaptations vol.1J.S. Bach - The Harpsichord Concertos, Original versions & adaptations vol.1 (2022)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken, Mario Sarrechia
Mozart: Eine Kleine NachtmusikMozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (2021)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
J.S. Bach - Kantaten im JanuarJ.S. Bach - Kantaten im Januar (2021)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Heinrich Schütz - Resurrection of ChristHeinrich Schütz - Resurrection of Christ (2019)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Heinrich Schütz, Sigiswald Kuijken
The Complete Lithurgical Year in 64 CantatasThe Complete Lithurgical Year in 64 Cantatas (2017)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach J.S. - WeihnachtsoratoriumBach J.S. - Weihnachtsoratorium (2014)
Baroque
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)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
early music, Baroque, romanticism
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)
External links:La Petite Bande op Facebook