La Petite Bande

Matthäus-Passion - BWV 244

Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917235722
Catnr: CC 72357
Release date: 01 February 2010
SACD (3 items)
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917235722
Catalogue number
CC 72357
Release date
01 February 2010

"Conductor Sigiswald Kuijken: "The only side that counts is the inside!""

NRC Handelsblad, 03-4-2019
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About the album

Magnificent and transparent, a recording of the famous masterpiece by J.S. Bach by La Petite Bande and Sigiswald Kuijken. The ensemble has a worldwide reputation of aiming for the most authentic sound possible. Again Kuijken and his group of musicians and vocalists have achieved this the most sublime way!

Sigiswald Kuijken knows the St. Matthew Passion through and through. With La Petite Bande he gave performances of the work all over the world. Twenty years ago La Petite Bande (at that time with conductor Gustav Leonhardt and Kuijken as concertmaster) made their first recording of the Passion. It was a recording with soloists, a chamberchoir and an orchestral composition which was adjusted to that. Since then Kuijken's vision on this masterpiece has changed very much. Ground-breaking musicological work of the last decades has brought him to a serious thin-out of his ensemble without the use of a conductor. There is not a real choir anymore, because the soloists perform also the choirparts. The boyschoir that is usually used in most performances of this Passion is replaced here by a single soprano voice!

Additionally, by using authentic instruments and the original way of playing them, both in interpretation and sound quality, La Petite Bande strives to revive baroque music as faithfully as possible without lapsing into rigid academics.
Een controversiële uitvoering van de Matthäuspassion
Een sublieme uitvoering, deze interpretatie van Sigiswald Kuijken van de Matthäuspassion van Johann Sebastian Bach. Gespeeld door zijn ensemble La Petite Bande. "Het werk klinkt helder, erg helder. De transparantie is dusdanig aanwezig dat ieder woord en zelfs de plaatsing van iedere solist of musicus met gemak te volgen of te plaatsen is. De minimalistische setting van La Petite Bande maakt van Bach’s werk een controversiële uitvoering, die echter wel prettig `aanvoelt` en de luisteraar bij de tekst betrekt." Hifi.nl

Kuijken kent de Matthäuspassion door en door. Samen met La Petite Bande geeft hij over de hele wereld uitvoeringen van dit werk. Tijdens de 1e opname van La Petite Bande, toen nog onder leiding van Gustav Leonhardt, werd er gebruikgemaakt van solisten, een kamerkoor en een aangepaste orkestrale compositie. Sinds die tijd is Kuijkens visie op dit meesterwerk flink veranderd. Baanbrekend musicologisch onderzoek bracht hem ertoe om zijn ensemble grondig uit te dunnen en de dirigent af te schaffen. Er is geen koor meer, omdat de solisten de koordelen uitvoeren. Het jongenskoor is vervangen door een enkele sopraan. De opname is door deze uitdunning puur, helder en direct.

La Petite Bande is één van de meest vooraanstaande barokorkesten. Het werd in 1972 opgericht door de Belgische violist en dirigent Sigiswald Kuijken en de Nederlandse klavecinist en dirigent Gustav Leonhardt. Het orkest streeft ernaar oude muziek zo getrouw mogelijk te laten herleven. Dat doet het gezelschap door authentieke instrumenten te gebruiken en de oude speelwijze te hanteren. Ook een wisselende bezetting, met telkens de meest 'geschikte' musicus voor een bepaald repertoire, draagt bij tot de speciale interpretatie van Kuijken. La Petite Bande was oorspronkelijk een tijdelijk gezelschap, dat zich hoofdzakelijk richtte op Franse muziek. Vanwege hun succes geeft het orkest tegenwoordig wereldwijd concerten en bestaat het repertoire inmiddels ook uit muziek van Italiaanse componisten en componisten als Bach, Händel, Gluck, Haydn en Mozart.
In dieser Aufnahme übernimmt der solistisch besetzte Chor ebenfalls die großen und kleinen Solisten-Partien, wie meist bei La Petite Bande unter Sigiswald Kuijken. Dadurch entsteht ein faszinierend transparenter, direkter und purer Klang und extrem schlichter aber intensiver Ausdruck, der seinesgleichen sucht. Pressezitate zu CC72316 Bach: H-Moll-Messe - La Petite Bande: 'Eine Einspielung, die Geschichte machen wird' (Michael Wersin, RONDO 12.06.2009) / 'Kuijken gelingt eine in sich geschlossene, stellenweise betont geschmeidige und organische Lesart...Diese Musik fließt in ihrem natürlichen Bett, angenehm federnd, ohne unnötige dramaturgische Aufrauungen und ohne künstliche Affekte' (Christoph Vratz, SWR 2 27.06.2009)

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La Petite Bande (Belgium) was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 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.

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 Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Denon , Accent and Hyperion.
La Petite Bande has performed in a multitude of international festivals and concert series, in Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and China.

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, ...)

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.

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, ...

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.

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Press

Conductor Sigiswald Kuijken: "The only side that counts is the inside!"
NRC Handelsblad, 03-4-2019

An interview with Sigiswald Kuijken about his past recordings. To begin with the St. Matthew Passion..
BBC Music Magazine, 01-2-2014

Performance: 4**** Recording: 4**** ["].. Recording balance is ocasionally suspect: the gloriously climactic ripieno chorale in the opening movement is almost inaudible - one distant soprano above double choir and orchestra."
BBC Music Magazine, 01-7-2010

With Kuijken no major drama, but modesty, intimacy and transparency. In his interpretation we hear his awe for the text.
Reformatorisch Dagblad, 24-6-2010

Mendelssohn was impressed by Bach's masterpiece and decided for a reenactment, but then adapted to the musical fashion of his time: with a romantic symphony orchestra and a large choir. It took almost two centuries, before the Matthew Passion slowly was stripped to the small cast of Kuijken and La Petite Bande.
AVROTROS website, 23-6-2010

One of the pioneers of Bach solo occupation is Sigiswald Kuijken. Kuijken opts radically for solo occupation. The soloists that interpret arias, also sing the choral parts what leads to one voice per vocal group in the two choirs that Bach provided in the Matthew Passion.
Artsenkrant, 23-6-2010

Sigiswald Kuijken is familiar with the St. Matthew Passion. It is a homogeneous group of experienced soloists.The esembles sounds more transparent and more virtuosic.
Tertio, 15-4-2010

Passion of the passions, La Petite Bande. It was inspiringly performed for a wide circle of music lovers.-
De Bond, 15-4-2010

The discussion about the ensemble size will always remain, but it is clear that Kuijken is very convincing with this Matthäus and his barefooted version of it.
Klassieke Zaken, 14-4-2010

From the first notes, it becomes clear that a strong sense of musical style is coupled with a weathered, sober interpretation of Bach's masterpiece, and that impression stays with you throughout the three SACDs
Nederlands Dagblad, 08-4-2010

Recently released by Challenge Classics SuperAudio on three CDs. A beautiful, balanced, and transparent performance.
HVT, 07-4-2010

Sigiwald Kuijken has been experimenting for ten years with this small ensemble. He has convinced many listeners of the historical accuracy and the high artistic level of La Petite Bande
CV Koers, 07-4-2010

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Contact, 07-4-2010

Because everyone was present and concentrated from the first to the last note, it has become a unique recording, that could be very succesful.The intensity and atmosphere can be felt in the recording.
Klassieke Zaken, 07-4-2010

The persuasiveness of this approach (created by thorough research), makes the passion accessible and attractive, both for an interested layman, as the religious musician.
Mania Klassiek, 06-4-2010

The advantage is the sleek sound and great text comprehension.
Alte Musik, 31-3-2010

With this new recording Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande show us that convincingly this approach works. Everything seems to fall beautifuly and naturally into place. The choirs and chorals are gaining expressiveness and harmonic richness.
Klara, 31-3-2010

The on three SACDs divided work sounds bright, very bright. The transparency is so present that every word and even the placement of every musician or soloist is easy to follow and to place. The minimalist setting of La Petite Bande makes the performance of Bach's work controversial. However, the performance feels comfortable and engages the listener with the lyrics.
Hifi.nl, 30-3-2010

Bach has such tremendous depth, that as a listener your are immediately affected. That is the spiritual quality of the music.
Luister, 18-3-2010

The album Matthaus Passion is not mystical. She is careful.
Elsevier, 18-3-2010

How does it sound? Crystal clear and sonorous.
De Gelderlander, 17-3-2010

For those who cannot go to a concert or who simply cannot get enough, this wonderful album of the Baroque orchestra La Petite Bande is their solution.
50plussers, 03-3-2010

Who is looking for a beautiful solistic Matthäus has the best deal with Kuijken for now, also looked at from an recording technique point of view.
Opus-Klassiek, 22-2-2010

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Disc #1
01.
Chori: Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen
07:25
02.
Recitativo (Evangelista Jesus): Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte
00:41
03.
Choral: Herzliebster Jesu, was dast du verbrochen
00:44
04.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester 4b. Chori: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat? 4c. Recitativo (Evangelista): Da nun Jesus war z
02:55
05.
Recitativo (Alto): Du liever Heiland du
01:00
06.
Aria (Alto): Buss und Rue
04:34
07.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Judas): Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer
00:37
08.
Aria (Soprano): Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
04:50
09.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Aber am ersten Tage der Süssen Brot 9b. Chorus I: Wo willst du, das wir dir bereiten 9c. Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus) Er
02:04
10.
Choral: Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen
00:46
11.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Er antwortete und sprach
02:40
12.
Recitativo (Soprano): Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt
01:20
13.
Aria (Soprano): Ich will dir mein Herze schenken
03:32
14.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Und da sie den Lobgesang
01:00
15.
Choral: Erkenne mich, mein Hüter
00:55
16.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus, Petrus): Petrus aber antwortete
00:59
17.
Choral: Ich will hier bei dir stehen
00:57
18.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe
01:26
19.
Recitativo (Tenore): O Schmerz!; Choral (Chorus II): Was ist die Ursach
01:53
20.
Aria (Tenore, Chorus II): Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen
05:01
21.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Und ging hin ein wenig
00:37
22.
Recitativo (Basso): Der heoland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder
00:56
23.
Aria (Basso): Gerne will ich mich bequenem
04:29
24.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Und er kam zu seinem Jüngern
01:07
25.
Choral: Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit
00:59
26.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus, Judas): Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend
02:15
27.
Aria (Soprano, Alto - Chorus II): So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen 27b. Chori: Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?
04:29
28.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Und siehe, einer aus denen
02:05
29.
Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross
05:51

Disc #2
01.
Aria (Alto, Chorus II): Ach! nun ist mein Jesus hin!
03:35
02.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten
00:56
03.
Choral: mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht'
00:43
04.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Pontifex): Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen
01:06
05.
Recitativo (Tenore): Mein Jesus schweigt
00:56
06.
Aria (Tenore): Geduld!
03:38
07.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Pontifex, Jesus): Und der Hohepriester antwortete 36b. Chori: Er ist des Todes schuldig! 36c. Recitativo (Evangelista): Da sp
01:57
08.
Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen
00:47
09.
Recitativo (evangelista, Ancilla I, II, Petrus): Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast 38b. Chorus II: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen 38c. Recit
02:08
10.
Aria (Alto): Erbarme dich
06:01
11.
Choral: Bin ich gleich von der gewichen
00:58
12.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Judas): Des morgens aber hielten 41b. Chori: Was gehet uns das an? 41c. Recitativo (Evangelista, Pontifex I, II): Und er warf
01:45
13.
Aria (Basso): Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder!
02:48
14.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Pilatus, Jesus): Sie hielten aber einen Rat
01:59
15.
Choral: Befiehl du deine Wege
00:59
16.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Platus, Uxor Pilati, Chorus): Auf das Fest aber 45b. Chori: Lass ihn kreuzigen!
02:20
17.
Choral: Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe!
00:40
18.
Recitativo (Evangelista, PIlatus): Der Landphleger sagte
00:13
19.
Recitativo (Soprano): Er hat uns allen wohlgetan
01:07
20.
Aria (Soprano): Aus Liebe
04:49
21.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Sie schrieen aber noch mehr 50b. Chori: Lass ihn kreuzigen! 50c. Recitativo (Evangelista, Pilatus): Da abre Pilatus sahe 50d
01:52
22.
Recitativo (Alto): Erbarm es Gott!
01:04
23.
Aria (Alto): Können Tränen meiner Wangen
05:57
24.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte 53b. Chori: Gegrüsset seist du, Jüdenkönig! 53c. Recitativo (Evangelista): Und speieten ihn an
01:03
25.
Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
01:59

Disc #3
01.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten
00:53
02.
Recitativo (Basso): Ja freilich will in uns das Fleisch un Blut
00:42
03.
Aria (Basso): Komm, süsses Kreuz
05:18
04.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Und da sie an die Stätte kamen 58b. Chori: Der du den Tempel Gottes zerbrichst 58c. Recitativo (Evangelista): Desgleichen au
03:10
05.
Recitativo (Alto): Ach Golgatha!
01:28
06.
Aria (Alto, Chorus II): Sehet, Jesus Hat die Hand
03:17
07.
Recitativo (Evangelista, Jesus): Und von der sechsten Stunde an 61b. Chorus I: Der rufet dem Elias! 61c. Recitativo (Evangelista): Und bald lief einer
02:00
08.
Choral: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
01:03
09.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Und siehe da, der Vorhang 63b. Chori: Wahlich, dieser ist Gottes Sohn gewesen 63c. Recitativo (Evangelista): und es waren vi
02:20
10.
Recitativo (Basso): Am Abend, da es kühle was
01:47
11.
Aria (Basso): Mache dich, mein Herze, rein
06:08
12.
Recitativo (Evangelista): Und Joseph nahm den Leib 66b. Chori: herr, wir haben gedacht 66c. Recitativo (Evangelista, Pilatus): Pilatus sprach zu ihnen
02:24
13.
Recitativo (Basso, Tenore, Alto, Soprano - Chorus II): Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht
01:49
14.
Chori: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
05:41
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