La Petite Bande

Category:kamerorkest, ensemble
1972
Genre(s):barok, classicisme
Actual/previous members:Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, Vinciane Baudhuin

Biography

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

Buxtehude Dietrich - Membra Jesu NostriBuxtehude Dietrich - Membra Jesu Nostri (2012)
Baroque
Marie Kuijken, Sigiswald Kuijken, Anne-Katrin Schenck, Gunther Vandeven, Jens Weber, Fulvio Bettini, Jens Hamann, La Petite Bande (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 70, 9 en 182Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 70, 9 en 182 (2012)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Haydn Joseph - Die SchöpfungHaydn Joseph - Die Schöpfung (2012)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale Gent, Sigiswald Kuijken, Krisztina Laki, Philippe Herreweghe, Joseph Haydn, Neil Mackie, Philippe Huttenlocher (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 52, 60, 116, 140Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 52, 60, 116, 140 (2012)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach, Yeree Suh, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben
Antonio Vivaldi - Flute concertosAntonio Vivaldi - Flute concertos (2011)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Antonio Vivaldi, Sigiswald Kuijken, Barthold Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 249/6Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 249/6 (2011)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 138 - 27 - 47 - 96Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 138 - 27 - 47 - 96 (2011)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Weihnachts-KantatenBach Johann Sebastian - Weihnachts-Kantaten (2011)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben
Bach Johann Sebastian - The Brandenburg ConcertosBach Johann Sebastian - The Brandenburg Concertos (2010)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Matthäus-PassionBach Johann Sebastian - Matthäus-Passion (2010)
Baroque
Gerlinde Sämann, Marie Kuijken, Petra Noskaiova, Patrizia Hardt, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, Bernhard Hunziker, Marcus Niedermeyer (...)

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)