La Petite Bande

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

Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 11-44-86-108Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 11-44-86-108 (2010)
Baroque
Siri Thornhill, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Orchestral works & ConcertosBach Johann Sebastian - Orchestral works & Concertos (2010)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen
Hallelujah - Great ChorusesHallelujah - Great Choruses (2010)
romanticism, classicism, Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nederlands Kamerkoor
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 57-91-122-151Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 57-91-122-151 (2010)
Baroque
Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gerlinde Sämann, Sigiswald Kuijken, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 36-61-62-132Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 36-61-62-132 (2009)
Baroque
Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan TutteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan Tutte (2009)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, Soile Isokoski, Monica Groop, Nancy Argenta, Markus Schäfer, Per Vollestad (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 13-73-81-144Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 13-73-81-144 (2009)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 2-10-20Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 2-10-20 (2009)
Baroque
Siri Thornhill, Johann Sebastian Bach, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Händel Georg Friedrich - PartenopeHändel Georg Friedrich - Partenope (2009)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Georg Friedrich Händel, Sigiswald Kuijken, Krisztina Laki, Helga Müller Mollinari, René Jacobs, John York Skinner, Martyn Hill (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 67 - 85 - 12Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 67 - 85 - 12 (2009)
Baroque
Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noskaiova, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

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

Related Items

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)
Kuijken and La Petite Bande (01.2004)
Documents:25 jaar La Petite Bande (book)