La Petite Bande

Category:kamerorkest, ensemble
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

Bach Johann Sebastian - motettenBach Johann Sebastian - motetten (1993)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach
Haydn Joseph. Symfonieën nr. 88-92Haydn Joseph. Symfonieën nr. 88-92 (1992)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Haydn Joseph - Die SchöpfungHaydn Joseph - Die Schöpfung (1992)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale Gent, Krisztina Laki, Joseph Haydn, Neil Mackie, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Huttenlocher
Haydn - Symphonies 90 & 91Haydn - Symphonies 90 & 91 (1990)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken
Geminiani Francesco - Concerti GrossiGeminiani Francesco - Concerti Grossi (1990)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Francesco Geminiani
Rameau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte et AriceRameau Jean-Philippe - Hippolyte et Arice (1990)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jean-Philippe Rameau
Bach Johann Sebastian - Magnificat, Cantata BWV 21Bach Johann Sebastian - Magnificat, Cantata BWV 21 (1989)
Sigiswald Kuijken, Greta De Reyghere, René Jacobs, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Lika, Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande
Mozart W.A. - Davidde Penitente, Ave Verum CorpusMozart W.A. - Davidde Penitente, Ave Verum Corpus (1988)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krisztina Laki, Nicole Fallien, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Nederlands Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande (...)
Bach J.S. - Johannes-passion BWV 245Bach J.S. - Johannes-passion BWV 245 (1988)
Baroque
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Prégardien, Harry Van Der Kamp, Barbara Schlick, René Jacobs, Nico Van Der Meel (...)
Haydn. Symphonies 26, 52, 53Haydn. Symphonies 26, 52, 53 (1988)
classicism
La Petite Bande, Joseph Haydn, Sigiswald Kuijken

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

A guide to period instrumentsA guide to period instruments (2010)
early music, Baroque, romanticism
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)