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

Concert de DanseConcert de Danse (1996)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Féry Rebel, Michel Richard Delalande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Sinfonia concertante K. 364Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Sinfonia concertante K. 364 (1996)
classicism
Sigiswald Kuijken, Ryo Terakado, La Petite Bande
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Flute QuartetsMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Flute Quartets (1996)
classicism
Barthold Kuijken, Collegium Aureum, La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
J.S. Bach - Suites (Overtures)J.S. Bach - Suites (Overtures) (1995)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigiswald Kuijken
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (1995)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Arcangelo Corelli, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Requiem in d KV 626Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Requiem in d KV 626 (1994)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ingrid Schmithüsen, Catherine Patriasz, Neil Mackie, Matthias Hölle, Nederlands Kamerkoor (...)
Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 82-49-58Bach Johann Sebastian - Cantatas BWV 82-49-58 (1993)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marcel Ponseele, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan TutteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan Tutte (1993)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, Soile Isokoski, Monica Groop, Nancy Argenta, Markus Schäfer, Per Vollestad (...)
Joseph Haydn. Symphonies 93, 94 & 95Joseph Haydn. Symphonies 93, 94 & 95 (1993)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan TutteMozart Wolfgang Amadeus - Cosi Fan Tutte (1993)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigiswald Kuijken, Soile Isokoski, Monica Groop, Nancy Argenta, Markus Schäfer, Per Vollestad (...)

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 - 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)