La Petite Bande

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

Bach Johann Sebastian - Johannes-Passion BWV 245Bach Johann Sebastian - Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (1987)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - RequiemMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Requiem (1986)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Händel Georg Friedrich - AlessandroHändel Georg Friedrich - Alessandro (1985)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Georg Friedrich Händel, René Jacobs, Sophie Boulin, Isabelle Poulenard, Jean Nirouët, Stephen Varcoe (...)
Haydn Joseph - Die SchöpfungHaydn Joseph - Die Schöpfung (1982)
La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale Gent, Sigiswald Kuijken, Krisztina Laki, Philippe Herreweghe, Joseph Haydn, Neil Mackie, Philippe Huttenlocher (...)
Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo ed Euridice (1982)
Baroque, classicism
René Jacobs, La Petite Bande, Christoph Willibald Von Gluck, Collegium Vocale Gent, Sigiswald Kuijken, Magdalena Falewicz, Marjanne Kweksilber

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

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