Haydn Violin Concertos

Lisa Jacobs & The String Soloists

Record Details

Released:
2017
Genre:
Classical

Vital and delicate playing of Haydn’s 1760s concertos
Her accounts of Haydn’s three surviving violin concertos from the 1760s combine delicacy, vitality and striking attention to expressive characterisation.
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, The Strad, UK, May 2018

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 Krauss, Musicweb International, UK, March 2018

Mit genuinem Charme…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.’ ****Pizzicato LUXEMBOURG, November 2017

Crisp clean playing, buoyant orchestral interaction and superb recorded sound all make this a very pleasurable listen **** BBC Music Magazine UK,  November 2017

‘Een orenspitsende luisterervaring..De openingsdelen zitten vol energie, de langzame delen vol poëzie 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. 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’ Luister Magazine NL, December 2017