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

Haydn JosephHaydn Joseph (2000)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons / Concertos for Oboe & StringsVivaldi - The Four Seasons / Concertos for Oboe & Strings (1998)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Antonio Vivaldi, Sigiswald Kuijken, Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw, Frans Brüggen
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Le Nozze di FigaroMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Le Nozze di Figaro (1998)
classicism
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Werner van Mechelen, Christiane Oelze, Huub Claessens, Patricia Biccire, Monica Groop, Harry Van Der Kamp, Béatrice Cramoix (...)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - 25 years of innovationLa Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - 25 years of innovation (1997)
classicism, Baroque
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Greta De Reyghere, Katelijne Van Laethem, Martin Van Der Zeijst (...)
Festival van Vlaanderen 1997 - Gent en historische stedenFestival van Vlaanderen 1997 - Gent en historische steden (1997)
classicism, Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Muffat, Francesco Geminiani, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Georg Friedrich Händel (...)
Joseph Haydn. London Symphonies 103 & 104Joseph Haydn. London Symphonies 103 & 104 (1997)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Le Nozze di FigaroMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Le Nozze di Figaro (1997)
classicism
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Werner van Mechelen, Christiane Oelze, Huub Claessens, Patricia Biccire, Monica Groop, Harry Van Der Kamp, Béatrice Cramoix (...)
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don GiovanniMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Don Giovanni (1997)
classicism
Werner van Mechelen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nanco De Vries (...)
Concert de DanseConcert de Danse (1996)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Howard Crook, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Féry Rebel, Michel Richard Delalande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sigiswald Kuijken (...)
Haydn Joseph. Harmoniemesse - Te DeumHaydn Joseph. Harmoniemesse - Te Deum (1996)
classicism
Joseph Haydn, La Petite Bande, Sandra Piau, Sigiswald Kuijken, Monika Groop, Christoph Prégardien, Harry Van Der Kamp

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)