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 - Cantatas BWV 98-180-56-55Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 98-180-56-55 (2006)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 177-93-135Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 177-93-135 (2006)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don GiovanniMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don Giovanni (2006)
Werner van Mechelen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nanco De Vries, Christina Högman (...)
Haydn Joseph - Harpsichord ConcertosHaydn Joseph - Harpsichord Concertos (2006)
Ewald Demeyere, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang AmadeusMozart Wolfgang Amadeus (2006)
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 179-35-164-17Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 179-35-164-17 (2006)
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Rameau - PygmalionRameau - Pygmalion (2005)
La Petite Bande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Gustav Leonhardt
Bach J.S. & C.P.E.Bach - Ascension OratoriosBach J.S. & C.P.E.Bach - Ascension Oratorios (2005)
Ex Tempore, Johann Sebastian Bach, La Petite Bande, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Sophie Karthäuser, Patrizia Hardt, Christoph Genz, Christoph Einhorn (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 82-102-178Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 82-102-178 (2005)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 16-153-65-154Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 16-153-65-154 (2005)
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)
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)