La Petite Bande


Price: € 19.95
Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917216028
Catnr: SACC 72160
Release date: 31 July 2006
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€ 19.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
SACC 72160
Release date
31 July 2006

About the album

J.S. Bach's motets are the indisputable summit of his output. Traditionally the motets have been placed at the centre of his choral universe.Choirs can show off their technical brilliance, and moreover these scores are a joy to perform regardless of one's style of interpretation. However, for the last 25 years musicians and musicologists have subjected the importance of Bach's choirs to a fundamental review. The current research points out that Bach himself almost never had more than eight singers at his disposal (even for double-choir pieces). This is far away from the usual more or less large choirs for the great choral works. This research has been the source of inspiration for this production of the Bach motets to use only one singer per part. The result delivers an unusual transparency and clarity of the musical lines. (The 4-part Motet Lobet den Herren, alle Heiden has not been included in this recording because of serious doubts about authorship.)

Belgian violinist, violist, and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken (born 1944, near Brussels) studied music at the Bruges and Brussels Conservatories, where he received a premier prix for the violin in 1964. He was seven when he first came into contact with the Renaissance instruments. Like his brother Wieland, he is self-taught on the viola da gamba.. In 1969 he began to re-establish the old technique of violin playing, without using a chin or a shoulder rest and without holding the instrument with the chin at all. This technique has been adopted by many other players since then and was taught by Sigiswald Kuijken at The Hague Conservatory between 1971 and 1996. He has undertaken regular tours of Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan. He has also given countless solo recitals and has recorded most of Bach's chamber works and pieces for solo violin as well as music by Corelli, Vivaldi and Muffat. In 1972 he formed the Baroque Ensemble La Petite Bande with whom he has recorded music by Lully, Rameau, Bach, Händel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and many others. He also appears as guest conductor with many other Baroque and modern ensembles and made countless recordings.
Bach zoals Bach het heeft bedoeld
Dit album bevat opnames van de motetten van Bach, uitgevoerd door het Belgische ensemble La Petite Bande.

De motetten van Johann Sebastian Bach worden gezien als het hoogtepunt van zijn werk. Ze worden gewoonlijk in het middelpunt van de koorwerken van Bach geplaatst. De motetten zijn leuk om uit te voeren, en worden veel door koren gezongen om hun technische virtuositeit te tonen.

Recent onderzoek heeft uitgewezen dat Bach een kleine bezetting gebruikte voor deze werken (niet meer dan acht zangers). Daarom heeft La Petite Bande besloten om slechts een zanger per partij te gebruiken. Hierdoor klinken de partijen helder en transparant.

In 1972 richtte Sigiswald Kuijken La Petite Bande op, met wie hij werken van onder andere Lully, Bach, Rameau, Handel, Gluck, Hadyn en Mozart heeft uitgevoerd. Sigiswald was pas zeven jaar toen hij in contact kwam met muziekinstrumenten uit de Renaissance. Hij heeft zichzelf het spelen op de viola da gamba aangeleerd. In 1969 begon Kuijken met het herstellen van de oude manier van spelen op dit instrument, die door vele andere muzikanten is overgenomen. Naast dirigent was hij tussen 1971 en 1996 ook docent aan het Conservatorium van Den Haag, waar hij zijn studenten leerde om de oude technieken voor het bespelen van de viola da gamba te gebruiken.


La Petite Bande
La Petite Bande (Belgium) was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Harmonia Mundi (Germany) in order to record Lully's "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme", under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt. The orchestra takes its name and constitution from Lully's own orchestra at the court of Louis XIV. All its members are internationally renowned specialists in the early music field.

Although originally La Petite Bande was not meant to become a permanent orchestra, the success of the recordings was such that they began to give concerts regularly. Having initially concentrated mainly on French music, the orchestra's repertoire has expanded over the years to include music by the Italian masters and that of Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and others.The 17-part CD series "Cantatas of J.S. Bach" (ACCENT) will be finished by the end of 2012. Sigiswald Kuijken applies the latest findings in Bach research: no choir, but rather a vocal quartet together with a minimal instrumental scoring. In this way, the fine musical texture of these cantatas can be much better (and more naturally) revealed.

La Petite Bande has recorded instrumental as well as vocal music, including operas and oratorios from the Baroque and Classical periods. La Petite Bande currently makes recordings for Accent, Challenge, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Denon, Seon/Virgin and Hyperion.

La Petite Bande has performed in a multitude of international festivals and concert series, in Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and China.
Since 1997, La Petite Bande has been in residence in the City of Leuven.

Sigiswald Kuijken
Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 close to Brussels. He studied violin at the conservatories of Bruges and Brussels, completing his studies at the latter institution with Maurice Raskin in 1964. He came into contact with early music at a very young age, together with his brother Wieland. Studying on his own, he gained a thorough knowledge of specific 17th- and 18th-century performance techniques and conventions of interpretation on violin and viola da gamba This led to the introduction, in 1969, of a more authentic way of playing the violin, whereby the instrument was no longer held under the chin, but lay freely on the shoulder; this was to have a crucial influence on the approach to the violin repertoire and was consequently adopted by many players starting in the early 1970s.

From 1964 to 1972, Sigiswald Kuijken was a member of the Brussels-based Alarius Ensemble (with Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen and Janine Rubinlicht), which performed throughout Europe and in the United States. He subsequently undertook individual chamber music projects with a number of Baroque music specialists, chief among which were his brothers Wieland and Barthold and Robert Kohnen, as well as Gustav Leonhardt, , Frans Bruggen Anner Bylsma and René Jacobs.

In 1972, with the encouragement of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Gustav Leonhardt, he founded the Baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, which since then has given innumerable concerts throughout Europe, Australia, South America, China and Japan, and has made many recordings for a number of labels (including Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Seon, Virgin, Accent, Denon, Hyperion, Challenge, ...).

In 1986 he founded the Kuijken String Quartet (with François Fernandez, Marleen Thiers and Wieland Kuijken), which specialises in the quartets and quintets (with Ryo Terakado as first violist) of the Classical period. Recordings of quartets and quintets by Mozart and Haydn have appeared on Denon.

Since 1998 Sigiswald Kuijken occasionally brings together two generations Kuijken (his daughters Veronica and Sara and his brother Wieland) to perform string quartets of later periods (Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert) often combined with Lieder by Marie Kuijken, soprano and also daughter of Sigiswald, and Veronica Kuijken, piano. Recordings of the two generations have been made for Arcana and Challenge Records.

In 2004 Sigiswald Kuijken reintroduced in practical performance the Violoncello da spalla (shoulder cello, very probably the instrument Bach had in mind when writing his six cello solos): concerts and recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, ...

From 1971 to 1996, Sigiswald Kuijken taught Baroque violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and from 1993 to 2009 at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium in Brussels. In addition, he has for many years been in demand as a guest teacher at a number of institutions (including the Royal College of Music in London, Salamanca University, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Conservatoire of Geneva, the Musikhochschule of Leipzig).

Since 1998, Sigiswald Kuijken occasionally conducts “modern” symphonic orchestras in romantic programs ( Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn).
On 2 February 2007, Sigiswald Kuijken received an honorary doctorate of the K.U. Leuven.

He was granted in February 2009 the prestigious "Life Achievement Award of the Flemish Government".



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'Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229': Komm, Jesu, Komm
'Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229': Du bist der rechte Weg
'Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229': Drum schließ ich mich in deine hände (aria)
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Jesu, meine Freude (Choral)
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Unter deinen Schirme (Choral)
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Trotz dem alten Drachen
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Weg mit allen Schätzen (Choral)
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': So aber Christus in euch ist (Andante)
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Gute Nacht, o Wesen
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': So nun der Geist
'Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227': Weicht, ihr Trauerfeister (Choral)
'Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226': Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
'Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226': Sondern der Geist selbst vertritt uns
'Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226': Der aber die Herzen forschet
'Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226': Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost (Choral)
'Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228': Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir
'Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, BWV 228': Denn ich habe dich bei deinem Namen gerufen
'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225': Singet dem Herrn
'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225': Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet / Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an (Choral / Aria)
'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225': Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten
'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225': Alles, was Odem hat
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