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EXTRAORDINARY ACTION


To support the music and the musicians in this CORONA time:
24 hours non stop Palestrina-music in the Cathedral of Augsburg !  
 

On the 20th and 21st of November (the eve of St Cecilia, patron saint of music !) from 6pm until 6 pm, Thomas E. Bauer, well-known German singer and driving force behind the unique Konzerthaus in Blaibach (near Regensburg, Bavaria) organizes from the splendid  Cathedral in AUGSBURG  a "streaming" with live-performances of works by Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 -1597)
 
We, Sigiswald Kuijken and Marleen Thiers sympathise wholeheartedly with this initiative!

In a very special article at the request of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Thomas Bauer published on November 1st a highly original and symbolic call to "save music (and concert life) in this so-called corona crisis"...
 
He alluded to the tradition which holds that the composer Pierluigi Palestrina "saved" art music in the Roman Catholic Church from ruin, during the Council of Trent (1562): at that time there were many cardinals who wanted to ban the traditional polyphony from the church services because (according to them) the religious texts could not be understood well enough by the believers, because of the complicated composition-style. Palestrina then performed his Missa Papae Marcelli in the Sistine Chapel, and the genial combination of simplicity and art in this work led them back to better insight ...
 
Palestrina as the saviour of music: this idea wants to be a symbol here - this manifestation will be one continuous Hymn to music, and to the Love of music!  Work of Palestrina and his contemporaries will resonate during 24 hours in the vaults of the Augsburg Cathedral, and via streaming, the audiences (evening) will be able to experience it from their living room...
 
 The link to follow the streaming is:
https://app.idagio.com/de/live/event/palestrina-a-global-prayer-for-the-people
 One must register with Email address and a password (it is free of charge).
 
I myself, Sigiswald Kuijken and my wife Marleen Thiers have responded enthusiastically to Thomas' request for cooperation. In this Palestrina-feast from the Cathedral of Augsburg, with the cooperation of several German vocal ensembles, we will twice provide an instrumental intermezzo with works from Palestrina's time:
 
  • November 20th , 8:45 - 9:00 pm (evening)
    Sigiswald Kuijken (violin) and Marleen Thiers (viola)
     5 Fantasias à 2 by Thomas Morley (London, 1595)
  •  November 21st , 11:30 - 11:45 am  (morning)
    Sigiswald Kuijken (Viola da Gamba) and Olga Watts (harpsichord)
    8 Recercadas by Diego Ortiz (Roma, 1553) 
 
                                       We wish you a lot of viewing and listening pleasure ! 
 
 

CORONA - ANNULATIONS ...


As was to be expected, also La Petite Bande has been (and still is) very severely hit by the international  wave of annulations of cultural events, provoked by the Corona crisis. Everywhere, organisors see their programmation for the season  2020-2021  seriously perturbed .  In fact, LPB lost all of its concerts since February 2021...
 
-  The Bach-concert for the CC in Wezembeek-Oppem (near Brussels), including concertos for harpsichord(s) and strings as well as a violin-concerto, was originally planned for March 2020, then postponed to June 13th, and then once more to January 9th 2021... Also this January date has finally been canceled: the programis is now scheduled for September 2021 (exact date still to be decided) - The CD-recording of this program for ACCENT will be made  in the days following this concert.  

-  Of the magnificent cycle of 4 week-ends with Bach-Cantatas which the Konzerthaus in Baibach (Bavaria) scheduled with LPB in 2020, the first (in February) has been a very beautiful experience, resulting in the CD recording of 3 Cantates (BWV 72, 156 and 92). This CD will come out in January/February 2021. -
The three following weekends however, originally scheduled in July, September and December '20, had to be canceled (including the corresponding CD recording after each period) because of  the Bavarian corona regulations ... We are very sad about  this: it was a great project !

- The LPB Summer Academy in Italy (Collevecchio, in Lazio), scheduled in August 2020, could not  be organized in the given circumstances ... 

-   LPB's three Matthew-Passion performances in Japan , first scheduled in beginning November 2020 and the postponed to the end of January 2021, have been also canceled finally...   

In the middle of the current difficult situation,we continue to think in a positive way. We hope that this worldwide crisis, in spite of all the damage already felt, may nevertheless also give birth to new and strong fruits - thanks to an important change in the collective consciousness provoked by 'Sancta Corona' ...!
 

A sign of life from Sigiswald Kuijken

 A sign of life, from Sigiswald Kuijken  ------ April 6th 2020
 
Like so many of our colleagues in these times, also the musicians who were going to perform with LPB - or with Sigiswald in chambermusic-context - have been struck by the social restrictions which are being imposed nowadays for understandable reasons, and which are turning upside-down the public life for an unknown duration. 
Every where, all concerts are canceled because of Corona - and for the moment it is impossible to predict if (and when) they will be re-scheduled later.
 
This new situation urges us to look closer to our life-philosophy; it wakes up our conscience. We have to give and show a significant and practical priority to our essential and profound convictions, in front of the danger of looking out merely and simply to return as soon as possible to our way of life of "before"...
 
 Happily, a crisis like the one which we are now going through gives birth to an increased and more conscious solidarity in many hearts. There, a mentality-change is operating, coming up from deeper regions of our being, near the unspeakable source where life takes its origin. 
 
It is important to take care for this fresh energy: it should flow out freely and clearly, in order to bring forth good fruits.
 Therefore, it is essential to stay in positive mood during this strange chaos. Our social vibrations really do influence all those who cross our path (even from a distance, I like to add) - so it makes a difference!  The suggestion by Angela Merkel (the German chancellor), to take one extra second to look into each other's eyes when meeeting or passing another person, and to smile while doing so, is very beautiful and welcome...!
  
 Music can bring a real consolation to those who are not in a position to take practical initiatives: the force of beauty comes from very deep and unknown layers within us, where also the miracles of love come from...
So listen and enjoy, take all your time to connect yourself to vibrations of beauty, in these days of compulsary confinement and (for many of us) technical unemployment...
 
Please take care to improve your immunity!  This is the most important - do enough physical movement, breath consciously and enjoy the sun (which is always there, also when clouds hide it ... and even during the night, when it is daytime for others!)   
Let us appreciate and fully enjoy the (not so surprising) improvement of the environmental quality, which Nature's force is offering us today during this crisis in our globalized modern world.
Our spirits should be directed towards everything which can honour our Mother Earth and our whole world, of which we all are a thiny but unique element. 
 
 Salve,
 Sigiswald Kuijken
 

Like so many of our colleagues in these times, also the musicians who were going to perform with LPB - or with Sigiswald in chambermusic-context - have been struck by the social restrictions which are being imposed nowadays for understandable reasons, and which are turning upside-down the public life for an unknown duration. 
Every where, all concerts are canceled because of Corona - and for the moment it is impossible to predict if (and when) they will be re-scheduled later.
 
This new situation urges us to look closer to our life-philosophy; it wakes up our conscience. We have to give and show a significant and practical priority to our essential and profound convictions, in front of the danger of looking out merely and simply to return as soon as possible to our way of life of "before"...
 
 Happily, a crisis like the one which we are now going through gives birth to an increased and more conscious solidarity in many hearts. There, a mentality-change is operating, coming up from deeper regions of our being, near the unspeakable source where life takes its origin. 
 
It is important to take care for this fresh energy: it should flow out freely and clearly, in order to bring forth good fruits.
 Therefore, it is essential to stay in positive mood during this strange chaos. Our social vibrations really do influence all those who cross our path (even from a distance, I like to add) - so it makes a difference!  The suggestion by Angela Merkel (the German chancellor), to take one extra second to look into each other's eyes when meeeting or passing another person, and to smile while doing so, is very beautiful and welcome...!
  
 Music can bring a real consolation to those who are not in a position to take practical initiatives: the force of beauty comes from very deep and unknown layers within us, where also the miracles of love come from...
So listen and enjoy, take all your time to connect yourself to vibrations of beauty, in these days of compulsary confinement and (for many of us) technical unemployment...
 
Please take care to improve your immunity!  This is the most important - do enough physical movement, breath consciously and enjoy the sun (which is always there, also when clouds hide it ... and even during the night, when it is daytime for others!)   
Let us appreciate and fully enjoy the (not so surprising) improvement of the environmental quality, which Nature's force is offering us today during this crisis in our globalized modern world.
Our spirits should be directed towards everything which can honour our Mother Earth and our whole world, of which we all are a thiny but unique element. 
 
 Salve,
 Sigiswald Kuijken

Sigiswald Kuijken welcomes you to the RENEWED website of his baroque orchestra La Petite Bande!



La Petite Bande  sympathises with all those who continue to search the deeper sense and content of the existence, and who feel the fascination of true Art - in all fields, of all times, of all origines and cultures..

 


On January 1st  2020, it was exactly three years since the Flemish Government decided to stop all subventions for La Petite Bande. With the mental support of friends and fans, and by different initiatives (also unconventional ones) my wife Marleen Thiers and I myself succeeded to keep the orchestra alive  n spite of all - and this is for us a source of deep satisfaction. It requires a continuous never-ending effort , but at the same time we feel that everything which is still possible (and which we can still achieve) is a present - like life is in itself . Small is beautiful, and less is more : we learn to live with these proverbs and we are aware that all these difficulties lead us to the essential , to a deeper understanding. 

 Without the particular and almost daily help of our volunteer collaborator and administrator Herman Siebens, we would never be able to go on in this way. We thank him above all for his work in this situation!
 
 In what follows, I would like to inform and explain to you a bit more about some aspects of La Petite Bande's life and projects in this year: 
 
In 2013, when the orchestra was denied for the first time all official support, Marleen and I had the idea to find some financial reserve for the ensemble through a specific campaign which was linked to a book that I wrote intentionally  for that occasion: "Bleib bei uns, Bach" (Abide with us, Bach). This book could only be obtained via a substantial donation to LPB, by choosing one out of three donation-formulas that we proposed. This action was very successful and helped the orchestra to survive  - and at the same time I could share my life-long experience and insights about J.S.Bach with our audiences and all those who are interested .
During 2018 and 2019 , I have been writing again a book with a similar goal  - the title of which is:  "My Mozart -- His Magic Flute" . Indeed , since more than 40 years Mozart has been a like a constant ferment in my life as a musician. In his opera "The Magic Flute"  he reveals himself completely...his book is obtainable up to now only in the original (dutch) version ; english, french and german translation are on the way. The subscription is open since November 2019 - elsewhere on this website you will find precise information about this. 

 
 You may know that LPB  has been performing and recording between 2004 and 2012  about sixty Cantatas by J.S.Bach : one cantata for each Sunday of the liturgic calendar, plus some extras for specific feasts. Like this, Bachs cantatas became one of the leading themes of the orchestra's work. 
  LPB has been given the possibilty to perform during 2020 one more dozen of Bach-Cantatas which are not included in the already recorded 19 CDs. This story is quite unusual: Thomas Bauer, himself a wellknown bass singer, has been the motor behind the construction of a highy unconventional and amazing Konzerthaus in the little village of Blaibach, in the Regensburg-area; besides being a unique architectural concept, this Konzerthaus develops an impressive programmation, which includes our Bach-Cantatas as a seperate series entitled  "Soli Deo Gloria". Some of the concerts will also be held in a nearby Baroque Monastery-building, and all of the cantatas will be recorded for ACCENT.

 
Furthermore, LPB will perform Bach's Matthew Passion  3 times in Japan, beginning November of 2020  : in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo, in important concert-halls.  Normally I would only accept to perform Bach's Passions during the period of the year where they belong , namely in the 40 days before Easter - but given the fact that in the East the Christian calendar is not so in-born in peoples tradition, I decided to accept these performances as an exception... We will enjoy this unique work again.

 
 La Petite Bande's yearly Summer Academy  (see information on this website) in the beautiful  old village of Collevecchio (100 km north of Rome)  will bring together for the nineth time singers and instrumentalists from diiferent countries and continents. Under he direction of our daughter Marie Kuijken and myself, large excerpts of Mozart's opera Idomeneo will be studied, in the light of 18th century staging...  Working on this original scenic performing style with Marie, has proven to be for many singers a way of liberating body and spirit, in order to approach the inside of the piece they perform, with all its variety and richness.  Also the instrumentalists can take big advantage of this work, as it opens their spirit and views as well  -  Besides the Idomeneo-work, a lot of baroque chamber music and more concertant repertory will be studied under my guidance. 


Consulting this website you will also find all necessary information about the chambermusic concerts of the members of our Kuijken-family, often in variable combinations with colleagues who share the same spirit...


To all readers of this, I wish an inner life full of warmth and beauty ...

Sigiswald Kuijken


 

 

 

New book: “MY MOZART ... HIS MAGIC FLUTE”

Sigiswald and Mozart became a unity in this book.
Mozarts Magic Flute is being revealed here in its essence by Sigiswald, in a loving and simple way - without over-intellectual reflexions, nor trendy ‘new interpretations’.

More information

Message by Sigiswald Kuijken

As you might know, for reasons that are not properly understood the Flemish Government terminated its guaranteed annual financial support for La Petite from January 1st 2013: we are the only Belgian orchestra to be treated in this manner, despite our international reputation and extensive discography and contribution to Belgian, European and indeed worldwide musical life. The loss of Government financial support has put La Petite Bande in serious financial difficulties, and we are all working very hard to raise money to ensure that our unique orchestra can continue its work. We are sure that we will succeed, but to do so we need your support, to ensure that we will be able to continue our work and make music!
More information to support the orchestra, as explained by Sigiswald, can be found here:

Joining the new 'LPB Friend group'
 

News

November 18, 2020
EXTRAORDINARY ACTION

To support the music and the musicians in this CORONA time:
24 hours non stop...
February 13, 2020
'Abide with us, Bach” now in promotion
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January 30, 2020
Interview: Mattheüs Passion in Amsterdam
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