La Petite Bande

Category:ensemble, kamerorkest
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

Accents of BaroqueAccents of Baroque (2004)
Baroque
Barthold Kuijken, Marcel Ponseele, Christoph Graupner, Il Gardellino, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Fey, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ensemble La Passione (...)
Graun - Der Tod JesuGraun - Der Tod Jesu (2004)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore, Carl Heinrich Graun, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Die ZäuberflöteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Die Zäuberflöte (2004)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Die ZäuberflöteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Die Zäuberflöte (2004)
classicism
Marie Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Inge Van de Kerkhove, Philip Defrancq, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart. Arias & DuetsMozart. Arias & Duets (2003)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken
Bach Carl Philippe Emanuel -  Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, H777/Wq240Bach Carl Philippe Emanuel - Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, H777/Wq240 (2003)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ex Tempore, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo ed Euridice (2002)
Baroque
René Jacobs, La Petite Bande, Christoph Willibald Von Gluck, Sigiswald Kuijken
Haydn Joseph. Harmoniemesse - Te DeumHaydn Joseph. Harmoniemesse - Te Deum (2002)
classicism
Joseph Haydn, La Petite Bande, Sandra Piau, Sigiswald Kuijken, Monika Groop, Christoph Prégardien, Harry Van Der Kamp
Haydn Joseph. Cello concertos - Sinfonia concertanteHaydn Joseph. Cello concertos - Sinfonia concertante (2002)
classicism
Hidemi Suzuki, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, La Petite Bande
Remeau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte & Aricie (suite d'orchestre)Remeau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte & Aricie (suite d'orchestre) (2002)
early music
La Petite Bande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, 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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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)