La Petite Bande: 50th Anniversary - Bach's Passions, Mass & Christmas Oratorio
This amazing box celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and seminal Baroque ensembles of the recording history: La Petite Bande. The box contains the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in b minor. All these works are performed according to the individual and musicologically based criteria elaborated by that great musician, also a great scholar, who goes by the name Sigiswald Kuijken.
"When I look back now, I'm astonished and grateful that this unusual birth of our 'little band' – obviously more the result of happy circumstance than premeditated decision – has continued to define the character and ambience of our collaboration over the entire 50 years of our existence as an 'action group'.
"When you're a musician, or playing in a group of musicians, you need to play every concert as if it were the very first, but at the same time perhaps the very last. This keeps the work mint-fresh and banishes any suffocating routine. The real, deep reason for playing any music at all (even if you play on your own) is your connection to the situation you're transcending, which gives you the most personal, inner satisfaction. If this feeling ever starts to evaporate, where's the fun?
"Yes, this is the breath that keeps us musicians alive, and we've always chosen musicians who can share this same breath with us. The mentality – that common philosophy about the work – is absolutely the most important aspect; it very largely determines the quality that can then be communicated to our audience. In the most literal sense, a musician must always remain an amateur – a dilettante – as only then will the listener share in the enjoyment." -Sigiswald Kuijken
Release Date: September 23, 2022
Catalog Number: CC 72917
Label: Challenge Classics
Number of Discs: 9
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Petite Bande