"A superb performance, and recording – which sounds perfectly fine even on my bog-standard CD player"Music Web International, 31-1-2018
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 18-part CD series 'Cantatas of J.S. Bach' (ACCENT) is complete since February 2014. 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.
From 1997 to 2018, La Petite Bande was resident in the city of Leuven.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.
A superb performance, and recording – which sounds perfectly fine even on my bog-standard CD player
Music Web International, 31-1-2018
A feeling of gentle, cultivated musicianship pervades the disc's 74 minutes, which anyone already familiar with its contents will appreciate.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-12-2017
Already the used fortepiano is sensational!
Concerto - DE, 01-7-2017
More than pleasantly surprised by the sober and at the same time clever interpretation of La Petite Bande.
Kerk en leven, 16-6-2017
The result can be completely convinced, as the balance is perfect and musical as well as cast from a single mold.
Stereo & Fono Forum, 01-5-2017
Really something for lovers of old Instruments. You are spoiled with three piano concerts, but not the usual versions.
Klassieke zaken, 24-4-2017
Fresh played without compromise and yet very pure, very beautiful expression but quite bland sentiment, in a few words: fresh and crispy!
Kerk en Leven, 04-4-2017
(...) Everything fits perfectly or complete each other, and the strings are mostly an essential energy source of the music. (...)
The chamber musical approach is the big plus of this SACD
Vivid and beautifully shaped performances. The recorded sound is warm and well balanced.
The short of it: This is a ‘must have’.
Three of Mozart’s sunniest piano concerti in chamber version is not new on disk. But this one is.