Sigiswald Kuijken

Category:dirigent, muzikant, solist
Genre(s):barok, classicisme, romantiek
Instrument(s):viool, barokviool
Actual/previous member of:La Petite Bande, Kuijken Kwartet

Biography

Sigiswald Kuijken founded the orchestra La Petite Bande in 1972. In this pioneering ensemble he introduced the use of period instruments, and concurrently the 17th- and 18th-century playing techniques that he and his brothers had acquired outside their conventional conservatory training. The first performances of La Petite Bande unleashed a veritable revolution. Ever since, Sigiswald Kuijken has been travelling around the world with his orchestra and has been realizing recordings at the cutting edge with music by Lully, Rameau, Händel, von Gluck, Haydn and Mozart. He was also guest conductor with several other orchestras, among them The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. For quite a few years already Sigiswald Kuijken integrates, on the basis of thorough research, important new insights into the interpretation of the (sacred) music of J.S.  Bach. This means that he refrained from using a choir, relying instead on a vocal quartet of soloists (sometimes expanded to eight singers, as Bach used to do), an equally slender instrumental cast and scrupulous attention to the right declamation of the text. The result is being recorded by the label Accent in a CD series in 17 instalments featuring the Bach cantatas. In 2007 Sigiswald Kuijken received an honorary doctorate of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Prize for General Cultural Merits of the Flemish Community.

Selective discography

Bach J.S. - Johannes-passion BWV 245Bach J.S. - Johannes-passion BWV 245 (1988)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Prégardien, Harry Van Der Kamp, Barbara Schlick, René Jacobs, Nico Van Der Meel (...)
Mozart W.A. - Davidde Penitente, Ave Verum CorpusMozart W.A. - Davidde Penitente, Ave Verum Corpus (1988)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krisztina Laki, Nicole Fallien, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Johannes-Passion BWV 245Bach Johann Sebastian - Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (1987)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - RequiemMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Requiem (1986)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Haydn Joseph - Twelve trios for traverse flute, violin an violoncelloHaydn Joseph - Twelve trios for traverse flute, violin an violoncello (1986)
classicism
Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Joseph Haydn
Händel Georg Friedrich - AlessandroHändel Georg Friedrich - Alessandro (1985)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Georg Friedrich Händel, René Jacobs, Sophie Boulin, Isabelle Poulenard, Jean Nirouët, Stephen Varcoe (...)
Corelli ArcangeloCorelli Arcangelo (1984)
Baroque
Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen, Arcangelo Corelli
Corelli ArcangeloCorelli Arcangelo (1984)
Baroque
Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen, Arcangelo Corelli
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
Haydn Joseph - Die SchöpfungHaydn Joseph - Die Schöpfung (1982)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale Gent, Sigiswald Kuijken, Krisztina Laki, Philippe Herreweghe, Joseph Haydn, Neil Mackie, Philippe Huttenlocher (...)

Author of

Sigiswald Kuijken - La gratitude
Sigiswald Kuijken - La gratitude
Musica Antiqua RevisitedMusica Antiqua Revisited (2010)
oude muziek
Björn Schmelzer, Sigiswald Kuijken
Op de JakobswegOp de Jakobsweg (2007)
Sigiswald Kuijken, Marleen Thiers

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Heinrich Schütz - Resurrection of ChristHeinrich Schütz - Resurrection of Christ (2019)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Heinrich Schütz, Sigiswald Kuijken
van Beethoven Ludwig - Strijkkwartetten op. 59 en Strijkkwintet op. 29van Beethoven Ludwig - Strijkkwartetten op. 59 en Strijkkwintet op. 29 (2011)
classicism
Kuijken Kwartet, Marleen Thiers
A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
Baroque, romanticism, early music
Diverse uitvoerders
Bach Johann Sebastian - Das Musikalisches OpferBach Johann Sebastian - Das Musikalisches Opfer (2006)
Baroque
Kuijken Kwartet, Johann Sebastian Bach
German Church Cantatas and AriasGerman Church Cantatas and Arias (1992)
Baroque
René Jacobs, Het Kuijken Consort, Het Parnassus Ensemble
German Church Cantatas and AriasGerman Church Cantatas and Arias (1979)
Baroque
René Jacobs, Het Kuijken Consort, Dietrich Buxtehude, Het Parnassus Ensemble, Johann Christian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann
De Vlaamse Barok ten tijde van RubensDe Vlaamse Barok ten tijde van Rubens (1967)
early music, Baroque
Philippus Van Wichel, Alarius Ensemble, Vocaal kwartet van Brussel, Nicolaus a Kempis, Carolus Hacquart, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Pierre De la Rue, Antoine Brumel (...)

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Press Clips:
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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)
Old Europe resounds in the French countryside (10.2007)
Sigiswald Kuijken (05.2005)
Kuijken and La Petite Bande (01.2004)
Documents:Musica Antiqua Revisited (brochure)
La Petite Bande (book)