Haydn Violin Concertos (2017)


Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists

Almost every commencing violinist comes in contact with the violin concertos of Joseph Haydn. Who among us has not practiced the first movement of his cheerful G-major concerto? However, these wonderful gems of Haydns extensive oeuvre are now rarely heard on the concert stage.

After the death of Haydn, his violin concertos unfortunately became used more as study material for young violinists than concert pieces. Perhaps this is due to the lack of a certain grandeur, extraversion, and obvious virtuosity for the violin soloist, but these concertos are Haydn at his best; full of simplicity, elegance, and an abundance of charm. The transparency of these works and the lack of obvious virtuosity actually makes them a great challenge for performers.
For The String Soloists and I, the study, investigation, and frequent performing of these concertos has been a true revelation over the past season. Initially written for the Esterhazys and presumably for the solo violinist of the court ensemble at that time, Luigi Tomasini, as a listener you will feel drawn back into the 18th century.
As was common at the time, I have written my own cadenzas for these concertos in which I try to brie
fly express my thoughts on the musical material and add a shimmer of my own character to every movement.
We hope you enjoy these wonderful concertos by Joseph Haydn and that this recording can contribute in their public revival and return into the concert hall!


Lisa Jacobs


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Lisa Jacobs

Dutch violin virtuoso Lisa Jacobs is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. She is equally at home on the concert stage with concertos, chamber music, recitals and solo works. 

Miss Jacobs started playing the violin at the age of 6. She was accepted in the Young Talent class of the Utrecht Conservatory by Joyce Tan at only eight years old. She continued studying with Ilya Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she has graduated cum laude and with the highest distinction for both her bachelor and masterstudies, at which occasion the jury spoke that they 'were short on superlatives to praise her superb playing'. She also took lessons with Christoph Poppen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich where she successfully finished her Konzertexam. This has been supported by the foundation Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Further musical enrichment was achieved in several lessons with Thomas Brandis, Herman Krebbers, David Takeno, Nelli Shkollnikova, Julian Rachlin, Philip Graffin and Maxim Vengerov.

Photo from: website lisajacobs.com 

The String Soloists


The String Soloists is an international dynamic string ensemble based in Amsterdam, comprising 14 string players who perform under the leadership of its concert- master Janneke van Prooijen and artistic leader Lisa Jacobs. Their approach to music-making without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from the regular chamber orchestras. It demands intensive involvement from all the musicians.

Founded in 2015, The String Soloists have already performed at major venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy and were invited several times to perform live on Dutch radio and television.
Highlights of next season include their debut in the prestigious sunday morning series of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and concert tours to Italy and Portugal.

The repertoire of The String Soloists encompasses a variety of styles, ranging from Baroque to contemporary works. Alongside performances of the main- stream repertoire, the ensemble focusses on performing unjustly neglected works.

The composition of the ensemble enables them to play both as ensemble member and a soloist within the group. Besides their involvement in the String Soloists, all musicians individually are active members of the international music scene, both as chamber musicians and solo players.

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Haydn Violin Concertos (2017)


Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists

    Gramophone, dec 2017

Lisa Jacobs fields a band of no more than 14 string players, with a very present harpsichord accompaniment. Ensemble and phrasing are ideal, and Jacobs’s own cadenzas are in keeping with their surroundings. Her tone is clear and consistent.

David Treasher[read full review]

    The Strad, may 2018

The fast outer movements are incisively articulated, sprightly and energetic, especially the punchy, rhythmic finales of nos.1 and 4, and their changing moods are admirably contrasted. The reflective central slow movements are interpreted with beauty and poise, albeit with an intensity that barely stops short of Romanticism, especially the Adagio moderato of no.3. However, they showcase perfectly the sonority and tonal purity of the soloist’s 1683 Rugeri. She seems very much at home with her small group of Amsterdam-based string players, who, led by Janneke van Prooijen, interact with her alertly and sensitively.

Robin Stowell

    MusicWeb International

Young Dutch violinist Lisa Jacobs takes a very appealing approach to Haydn’s under-appreciated violin concertos…These violin concertos are from an early period in Haydn’s career, and Jacobs presents them with en ear to their baroque connections. This means embracing their long melodic lines, and recognizing that the music is more discursive than the more concise compositions of middle and late Haydn. Jacobs recognizes that the violin concertos are episodic, and that it is not a bad thing to explore this aspect. In the earliest C major concerto, Jacobs’s opening fanfare rings confidently. Her cadenza is both graceful and showy. The concluding presto is full of gentle tension. The A major ‘Melk’ concerto opens with a measured pace, but is not slow. In Jacobs’s hands, we are reminded of C.P.E. Bach more than Beethoven. The G major concerto is perhaps the least interesting of the set, until the dazzling rondo finale, which here makes a great conclusion to the disc…this new Haydn set is stylish, well-recorded, and rather addictive.

Richard Kraus[read full review]

    Luister, dec 2017

'Een orenspitsende luisterervaring..De openingsdelen zitten vol energie, de langzame delen vol poezie en de finales vol aanstekelijke virtuositeit. Voor een violist lijkt me dit heerlijk om te spelen en aan Lisa Jacobs is dat ook wel te merken. Zij mag best eens haar gerechte plaats opeisen naast Janine Jansen, Liza Ferschtman, Simone Lamsma en de nieuwste ster Noa Wildschut, want ze doet niet voor hen onder. Met The String Soloists heeft ze haar eigen strijkje dat met dirigentloos samenspel de perfectie dicht benadert en toch spontaan blijft klinken. Past helemaal bij Haydn'

Gerard Scheltens

    Pizzicato, dec 2017 -

Joseph Haydn’s Violin concertos are less forward-looking, less characteristic and therefore less popular than larger parts of his other works. Young Dutch violinist Lisa Jacobs presents her view on this charming music together with The String Soloists from Amsterdam. Putting her own stamp on this music is further enhanced by her own cadenzas. ====== Der jugendliche Elan der Ausführenden überträgt sich hörbar auf die Musik. Damit tragen sie diese Konzerte schwungvoll an die Ohren der Hörer, ohne deren musikalische Gestalt zu leugnen oder zu überfordern. Ihren persönlichen Stempel drückt die Solistin den Konzerten dadurch auf, dass sie ihre Sicht auf diese Werke mit eigenen Kadenzen darbietet.

Uwe Krusch[read full review]

    BBC Music Magazine, dec 2017 -

Crisp, clean playing buoyant orchestral interaction and superb recorded sound all make this a very pleasurable listen.


    Stretto.be, okt 2017

Lisa Jacobs heeft een magnifieke toon en een superbe beheersing van haar rechterarm, hét geheim van het vioolspel. Daarenboven bespeelt ze een heel bijzondere “Francesco Ruggieri” uit 1683 met een schitterende, Franse strijkstok, gebouwd door Joseph Henry (1823-1870). De strijkstok is omzeggens de vervolmaking en de verfijning van de strijkstokken vervaardigd door Henry’s voorgangers, de Franse archetiers uit de eerste helft van de 19de eeuw, Dominique Peccatte, Pierre-Paul Simon en François Xavier Tourte. De cd werd opgenomen in de laat-gotische hallenkerk, de Cunerakerk in het Nederlandse Rhenen (provincie Utrecht), onder de perfecte, sonore supervisie van Sound engineer Tom Peeters en zijn magische opstelling van zijn gesofisticeerde “Brüel & Kjaer” microfoons. Hopelijk draagt de opname van deze prachtige concerti bij tot de publieke revival van deze onbekende maar schitterende Haydn muziek in de concertzaal, hoopt Lisa. Een heel mooie soliste op een fenomenaal mooie cd die u geenszins, maar dan ook geenszins, mag missen!

Michel Dutrieue[read full review]

    Musicalifeiten, okt 2017

"Lisa Jacobs leidt het in 2015 opgerichte enthousiaste, merendeels jonge vrouwelijke elftal String Soloists van concertmeester Janneke van Prooijen vanaf de strijkstok en toont zich een heel stijlvolle en sensitieve soliste die zich nooit opdringt. Vooral haar serene lezing van het sereen-overpeinzende adagio-molto deel uit het Concert in C is memorabel. Ook de mooie cantilene, het middendeel van het Concert in G met pizzicato begeleiding viel erg fraai uit. De snelle delen sprankelen. De in een kerk gemaakte opname klinkt mooi in balans. Opdracht volledig geslaagd. Met bijna zwaarteloos spel, een grote zorg voor homogeniteit en een dwingende overredingskracht kom je een eind."

Jan de Kruijff[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek, sept 2017

"Het is een en al gesublimeerde levenslust (Presto nr. 1 en Allegro nr. 4!) maar ook dichterlijke diepgang (Adagio nr. 1 en 4!) die zij uit haar viool tovert. Die intense muzikaliteit wordt nog eens uitdrukkelijk bevestigd door de fraai geproportioneerde cadensen van haar hand. Maar ook het virtuoze en glanzende spel van het ensemble deed mij herhaaldelijk denken aan die welgemeende uitspraak van Mozart. Een beeld overigens dat we ook terugvinden op haar Locatelli-cd. Tom Peeters toont zich weer de opnametechnicus bij uitnemendheid. Wow!"

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

Haydn Violin Concertos (2017)


Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: dCS
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Bruel & Kyaer
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Cunerakerk, Rhenen, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: 64fs

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