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February 13, 2020
'Abide with us, Bach” now in promotion
From February 2020, the book which Sigiswald Kuijken wrote in 2013   “Abide with us, Bach”  is in promotion : the number of exemplars is now limited! You can obtain it by offering a donation to the orchestra  (which is still suffering from the loss of all official subventions since several years) :
  • With a donation of 80 €, you receive the book + LPB’s CD-recording of cantata BWV 147 
  • With a donation of 60 € ,  you receive the book without the CD
How to proceed to donate?
  1. Please, send us by mail ( the necessary information concerning your donation: your name, home address, the language in which you want to receive the book (English, French , German or Dutch), the number of books, the way of payment you will use.
  2. For transmitting your donation, you can make a choice between following two possibilities:
    • You make a bank transfer to the bank-account of “Votre Petite Bande”
      IBAN: BE30 4310 6868 0111
    • If you are an official resident in Belgium, you can also donate via the King Baudouin Foundation. This foundation can send you a tax certification corresponding to the sum you donate!
      Fonds “La Petite Bande” at the King Baudouin Foundation
      IBAN: BE10 0000 0000 0404
      Mention (required):
January 30, 2020
Interview: Mattheüs Passion in Amsterdam
Intimate like 300 years ago: The baroque music visionary Sigiswald Kuijken conducts the St. Matthew Passion with a small ensemble. In a small band, this seems as strong as in the great Amsterdam Concertgebouw...

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June 18, 2019
New release: The Chamber Music - The Accent Recordings (1978 - 2007)
Winner of the Golden Tuning Fork (Diapasion d'Or) 2019
June 18, 2019
New release: The Concertos - The Accent Recordings 2006-2016
Vivaldi  - Bach - Telemann - Haydn - Mozart
March 17, 2019
New release: Auferstehungshistorie (SWV 50)
March 11, 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.
February 20, 2018
New release: Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year in 64 cantatas in 19 CD's
Dir. Sigiswald Kuijken
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