La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken

La Petite Bande

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New release: Piano Concertos K. 413,414 & 415 Sunday, 11 March 2018
New release: Piano Concertos K. 413,414 & 415

Sisters Marie and Veronica Kuijken have joined their father Sigiswald Kuijken in a new recording Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos K413, K414 & K415 (Challenge Classics CC72752) that offers a new twist on period performance.

Mozart wrote these three concertos for harpsichord or fortepiano, with full orchestra. He also wrote them in such a way that the wind parts might be omitted, and the traditional four string quartet instruments used to create a chamber version of the work. Clearly, this called for very careful string writing and attention to balance. Colour, too, will have been a consideration for Mozart as he wrote for winds to enrich the orchestral texture.
This recording uses fortepiano with the quartet version but makes one important change. Conductor and, in this instance, first violinist Sigiswald Kuijken has replaced the cello with a double bass. His argu¬ment for this is that Mozart would likely have assumed that most private buyers of his published score owned harpsichords and would have chosen the chamber version, where the harpsichord was better balanced with the four string instruments. In choosing to record with the more robust fortepiano, the louder, richer bass was an equally robust alternative to the cello. Additionally, switching to double bass moves that pitch an octave lower, creating a fuller, more orchestral effect for the small ensemble.
The choice is a calculated but clever and effective one. It places a larger scale work in an intimate setting for a very satisfying and engaging performance.

New release: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year in 64 cantatas in 19 CD's Tuesday, 20 February 2018
New release: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year in 64 cantatas in 19 CD's

Dir. Sigiswald Kuijken

Positive review by German journal Klassik.com for the new CD on Telemann’s natural trumpet and horn Concerti (Text in German). Saturday, 24 December 2016
Positive review by German journal Klassik.com for the new CD on Telemann’s natural trumpet and horn Concerti (Text in German).

Sigiswald Kuijken lässt mit seiner Petite Bande von sich hören, aktuell mit einer wirklich feinen Platte voller Telemann - Trompeten- und Hornkonzerte, genauer: Konzerte, dazu eine grobe Suite und eine eigenwillige Sonate. ... Heute klingen die Brüder Madeuf erstaunlich elegant, behände und wendig, mit einer Geläufigkeit ohne Makel. Vor allem die Trompete von Jean-François ist sehr profiliert und präsent, freilich mit einem wirklich schlanken Ton von edlem Charakter. ... Gespielt wird höchst delikat, mit Konzentration auf transparente Strukturen durch sehr Präsente Stimmen. Ein von Benjamin Alard erfreulich plastisch gespieltes Cembalo grundiert mit kräftiger Zeichnung, gelegentlich auch in vollgriffiger Freiheit manch Leerstelle füllend. ... Das Klangbild ist fein gestaffelt, licht und lebendig.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Important distinctions for Sigiswald Kuijken: Golden Medal and KLARA Career Award

Violin player and conductor, Sigiswald Kuijken, was honoured with the Golden Medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences on December 12th 2015. One month later, on January 30th 2016, the Flemish Classical Radio gave him its Klara Career Award. Every year, Klara wants to honour a person who has contributed immensely to the world of classical music or of jazz.
Nicole Van Opstal, presenter at Klara, resumes : "The name Kuijken represents quality. It has become a brand of excellence."