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

Pergolesi Giovanni Battista - La serva patronaPergolesi Giovanni Battista - La serva patrona (2009)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Nancy Argenta, Werner van Mechelen, Patricia Biccire, Donato Di Stefano, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Sigiswald Kuijken
Pergolesi Giovanni Battista - La serva patronaPergolesi Giovanni Battista - La serva patrona (2009)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Nancy Argenta, Werner van Mechelen, Patricia Biccire, Donato Di Stefano, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Mis in si kleinBach Johann Sebastian - Mis in si klein (2009)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Jan Van der Crabben, Ewald Demeyere, Frank Theuns, Koen Plaetinck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Monteverdi Claudio - Vespro della Beata VergineMonteverdi Claudio - Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)
early music
La Petite Bande, Marie Kuijken, Claudio Monteverdi, Sigiswald Kuijken
Grétry - La caravane du CaireGrétry - La caravane du Caire (2008)
classicism
Ricercar Academy, La Petite Bande, Marc Minkowski, Gustav Leonhardt
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 1-18-23Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 1-18-23 (2008)
Baroque
Jan Van der Crabben, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - MotettenBach Johann Sebastian - Motetten (2008)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach
Vivaldi Antonio - Le Quattro StagioniVivaldi Antonio - Le Quattro Stagioni (2007)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 179-35-164-17Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 179-35-164-17 (2007)
Baroque
Gerlinde Sämann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken, Petra Noskaiova, Jan Kobow, Dominik Wörner, Ewald Demeyere, La Petite Bande (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - MotettenBach Johann Sebastian - Motetten (2006)
Baroque
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

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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)