A Portrait

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
La Petite Bande, the Belgian Baroque orchestra that Sigiswald Kuijken founded in 1972, has gone on to become a leader in the historically informed performance movement, basing its performances on scrupulous research into period practices in details such as intonation, the use of authentic instruments, and the appropriate size of ensembles. The group was the first to make a recording of Haydn's "Creation" using authentic period instruments, and the first to record Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" with a male a counter tenor as Orfeo. In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, the Accent label, which has recorded the orchestra since 1982, has issued three sets: A Portrait,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
La Petite Bande, the Belgian Baroque orchestra that Sigiswald Kuijken founded in 1972, has gone on to become a leader in the historically informed performance movement, basing its performances on scrupulous research into period practices in details such as intonation, the use of authentic instruments, and the appropriate size of ensembles. The group was the first to make a recording of Haydn's "Creation" using authentic period instruments, and the first to record Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" with a male a counter tenor as Orfeo. In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, the Accent label, which has recorded the orchestra since 1982, has issued three sets: A Portrait, including excerpts from a representative broad range of albums; Haydn's Creation; and Mozart: The da Ponte Operas. A Portrait is a three-CD set made up of tracks personally selected by Kuijken. The first disc is devoted to opera, including the Mozart operas, Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," and "Livietta e Tracollo" and "La serva padrona" by Pergolesi. The second is an eclectic selection that includes choral and instrumental music by Mozart and Haydn, French ballet music by a variety of composers, and Vivaldi concertos. The third features complete performances of four J.S. Bach cantatas, in which Kuijken uses a single singer on each part. The recordings were made between 1982 and 2011 so the sound quality improves considerably from the earliest to the latest. The set makes a good introduction to the historically significant and musically satisfying contributions of Kuijken and La Petite Bande and should give listeners an incentive to seek out the complete performances of these pieces.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Accent Records
  • UPC: 675754040871
  • Catalog Number: 24271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Overtura - Christoph Willibald Gluck & La Petite Bande (3:19)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  2. 2 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballo - Christoph Willibald Gluck & La Petite Bande (2:00)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  3. 3 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Chorus: Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta - Christoph Willibald Gluck & La Petite Bande (2:48)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byCollegium Vocale Ghent, Sigiswald Kuijken
  4. 4 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Aria: Che farò senza Euridice - Christoph Willibald Gluck & La Petite Bande (5:10)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byRené Jacobs, Sigiswald Kuijken
  5. 5 Livietta e Tracollo, intermezzo in 2 acts: Recitative: Invano ti lusinghi - Giovanni Pergolesi & Nancy Argenta (0:30)
    Composed byGiovanni Pergolesi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byNancy Argenta, Sigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  6. 6 Livietta e Tracollo, intermezzo in 2 acts: Duet: Vado... vado. Ed avrai core - Giovanni Pergolesi & Nancy Argenta (2:26)
    Composed byGiovanni Pergolesi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byNancy Argenta, Sigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  7. 7 La serva padrona, intermezzo in 2 acts: Aria: Sempre in constrasti - Giovanni Pergolesi & La Petite Bande (4:00)
    Composed byGiovanni Pergolesi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Donato di Stefano
  8. 8 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Ouverture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (4:46)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  9. 9 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Aria: Un aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (4:20)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Markus Schafer
  10. 10 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Recitative et Aria: Ei parte, senti, ah no!... Per - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (8:07)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySoile Isokoski, Sigiswald Kuijken
  11. 11 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Aria: Madamina, il catalogo è questo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (5:50)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Huub Claessens
  12. 12 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Finale (tutti): Presto, presto, pria ch'ei - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (9:25)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  13. 13 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Finale (tutti): Venite pur avanti - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (7:39)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  14. 14 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Aria: Deh vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (2:06)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  15. 15 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Aria: Non so più, cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (2:37)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byMonica Groop, Sigiswald Kuijken
  16. 16 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Aria: Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (4:22)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Werner van Mechelen
  17. 17 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Aria: Giunse alfin il momento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (4:29)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Christiane Oelze
  18. 18 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 3. Final (tutti): Gente, gente, all'armi, all' - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (4:34)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
Disc 2
  1. 1 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: Terzetto: Zu dir, o Herr, blickt alles auf - Franz Joseph Haydn & La Petite Bande (5:45)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byPhilippe Huttenlocher, Sigiswald Kuijken, Krisztina Laki, Neil Mackie
  2. 2 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: Chorus: Vollendet ist das große Werk - Franz Joseph Haydn & La Petite Bande (2:51)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed byCollegium Vocale Ghent, Sigiswald Kuijken
  3. 3 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Introitus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Franz Beyer (4:48)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Netherlands Chamber Choir
  4. 4 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Kyrie - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Franz Beyer (2:25)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Netherlands Chamber Choir
  5. 5 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Sequenz: Dies irae - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Franz Beyer (2:04)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Netherlands Chamber Choir
  6. 6 Armide, opera, LWV 71: Passacaille - Jean-Baptiste Lully & La Petite Bande (3:42)
    Composed byJean-Baptiste Lully
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  7. 7 La Fantaisie, ballet: Tambourin - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (0:42)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  8. 8 La Fantaisie, ballet: Chaconne - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (1:20)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  9. 9 Les Plaisirs champêtres, for ensemble: Musette - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (0:57)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  10. 10 Les Plaisirs champêtres, for ensemble: Gavotte - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (1:39)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  11. 11 Les Plaisirs champêtres, for ensemble: Passepied - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (1:28)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  12. 12 Les Plaisirs champêtres, for ensemble: Bourée-Rigoudon-Bourée - Jean-Féry Rebel & La Petite Bande (3:19)
    Composed byJean-Féry Rebel
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  13. 13 Daphnis et Églé, pastorale héroïque: Ouverture - Jean-Philippe Rameau & La Petite Bande (2:35)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  14. 14 Daphnis et Églé, pastorale héroïque: Menuet en Rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau & La Petite Bande (2:11)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  15. 15 Daphnis et Églé, pastorale héroïque: Tambourins 1 & 2 - Jean-Philippe Rameau & La Petite Bande (1:41)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  16. 16 Daphnis et Églé, pastorale héroïque: Contredanse - Jean-Philippe Rameau & La Petite Bande (1:36)
    Composed byJean-Philippe Rameau
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  17. 17 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in D major, RV 403: Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & La Petite Bande (3:12)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  18. 18 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: La Primavera. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & La Petite Bande (3:24)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  19. 19 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: La Primavera. Largo e pianissimo sempre - Antonio Vivaldi & La Petite Bande (2:48)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  20. 20 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: La Primavera. Danza Pastorale - Antonio Vivaldi & La Petite Bande (3:38)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  21. 21 Cassation for orchestra in G major, K. 63: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (6:06)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  22. 22 Cassation for orchestra in G major, K. 63: Finale - Allegro assai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (2:15)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  23. 23 Divertimento No. 7 for 2 horns, bassoon & strings in D major, K. 205 (K. 167A): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (5:21)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  24. 24 Divertimento No. 7 for 2 horns, bassoon & strings in D major, K. 205 (K. 167A): Finale - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & La Petite Bande (3:43)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  25. 25 Divertimento for 2 oboes, 2 horns, bassoon & strings in F major, H. 2/20: Adagio - Franz Joseph Haydn & La Petite Bande (5:54)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
  26. 26 Keyboard Concerto in G major, H. 18/4: Finale - Franz Joseph Haydn & La Petite Bande (4:15)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
Disc 3
  1. 1–7 Cantata No. 178, "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält," BWV 178 (BC A112) - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (20:05)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Christoph Genz, Elisabeth Hermans, Jan Van der Crabben
    1. 1Chorale: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält
    2. 2Chorale et Recitative: Was Menschenkraft und- witz anfäht
    3. 3Aria: Gleichwie die wilden Meereswellen
    4. 4Chorale: Sie stellen uns wie Ketzern nach
    5. 5Chorale et Recitative: Auf sperren sie den Rachen weit
    6. 6Aria: Schweig nur, taumelnde Vernunft
    7. 7Chorale: Die Feind sind all in Deiner Hand
  2. 8–13 Cantata No. 144, "Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin," BWV 144 (BC A41) - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (13:17)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Christoph Genz, Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noisková
    1. 8Chorus: Nimm, was Dein ist, und gehe hin
    2. 9Aria: Murre nicht, lieber Christ
    3. 10Chorale: Was Gott tut, ist wohlgetan
    4. 11Recitative: Wo die Genügsamkeit regiert
    5. 12Aria: Genügsamkeit ist ein Schatz
    6. 13Chorale: Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit
  3. 14–19 Cantata No. 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 61 (BC A1) - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (13:33)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, Gerlinde Sämann
    1. 14Chorus: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
    2. 15Recitative: Der Heiland ist gekommen
    3. 16Aria: Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kriche
    4. 17Recitative: Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tür
    5. 18Aria: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze
    6. 19Chorale: Amen, Amen! Komm du schöne Freudenkrone
  4. 20–21 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (10:41)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken
    1. 20Allegro. Adagio
    2. 21Allegro
  5. 22–27 Cantata No. 91, "Gelobet seist su, Jesu Christ," BWV 91 (BC A9) - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (17:48)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySigiswald Kuijken
    Performed bySigiswald Kuijken, Christoph Genz, Jan Van der Crabben, Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noisková
    1. 22Chorus: Gelobest seist du, Jesu Christ
    2. 23Recitative: Der Glanz der höchsten Herrlichkeit
    3. 24Aria: Gott, dem der Erdenkreis zu klein
    4. 25Recitative: Oh Christenheit! Wohlan, so mache dich bereit
    5. 26Duet: Die Armut, die Gott auf sich nimmt
    6. 27Chorale: Das hat er alles uns getan
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