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Haydn Violin Concertos

Lisa Jacobs, The String Soloists

Haydn

SKU: COBRA0061

Year of release: 2017

Violin Concerto No.1 C major Hob.VIIa 1 20:49
1. Allegro moderato Haydn 10:32
2. Adagio Haydn 05:50
3. Finale. Presto Haydn 04:26
Violin Concerto No.3 A major Hob.VIIa 3 27:20
4. Moderato Haydn 12:42
5. Adagio moderato Haydn 08:19
6. Allegro Haydn 06:18
Violin Concerto No.4 G major Hob.VIIa 4 19:51
7. Allegro moderato Haydn 09:00
8. Adagio Haydn 06:38
9. Allegro Haydn 04:11

About this album

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 Haydn’s 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 briefly 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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Reviews

Luister

'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'

Pizzicato

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.

Gramophone (Dec. 2018)

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.

De Gelderlander (Sep. 2018)

Lisa Jacobs speelt hier op haar Rugieri uit 1683 een buitengewoon zangerige partij, fraai gewelfd en knap opgebouwd. Klavecinist Jan van Grootheest begeleidt haar met een delicaat luitregister, terwijl The String Soloists voor een slanke pizzicato inbreng tekenen.

BBC Music Magazine

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

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.

Musicweb International (Mar. 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.

De Gelderlander (Sep. 2018)

De violiste bevestigt op dit in de Cunerakerk van Rhenen opgenomen album wederom haar reputatie als iemand die de uitdaging van cadensen moeiteloos aangaat. We horen met plezier hoe zij telkens weer een eigen signatuur weet te communiceren zonder buiten de stijlconventies te treden.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit Rate64fs
Recording SoftwareMerging
Recording LocationCunerakerk, Rhenen, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProducerTom Peeters
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis
MicrophonesBruel & Kyaer
Mastering EngineerTom Peeters
Editing SoftwarePyramix
Digital ConvertersdCS
CablesAcoustic Revive