Locatelli Violin Concertos


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In his music, Locatelli pushes the boundaries of the violin technique with an unprecedented virtuoso and at times romantic vision. The frequent use of exceptional high positions on the violin, many daredevil antics in the left hand including double stops and extended stretches, and the exploration of hitherto rarely used bow techniques, makes him a true pioneer for the violin and the development of violin technique in general.

Despite his obvious fascination for virtuosity, Locatelli ensures that one is captivated first and foremost by charming original melodies and bold characterization. His music never develops into a tour de force but remains sympathetic to both the listener and the performer.

It is therefore a dream come true to proudly present to you my new album Locatelli: L’Arte del violino.Along with The String Soloists, an exciting young and dynamic international ensemble, I have immersed myself the past few months with great enthusiasm in Locatelli’s world of sound, colour and playfulness which ultimately resulted in the recording of his Violin Concertos opus 3 no. 1, 2 and 4.

On behalf of all of us, I wish you pleasure and joy in your exploration of Locatelli’s amazing violin repertoire!

– Lisa Jacobs


Locatelli Violin Concerto No II - 1. Andante
Locatelli Violin Concerto No II - 2. Largo
Locatelli Violin Concerto No II - 3. Andante
Locatelli Violin Concerto No I - 1. Allegro
Locatelli Violin Concerto No I - 2. Largo
Locatelli Violin Concerto No I - 3. Allegro
Locatelli Violin Concerto No IV - 1. Largo
Locatelli Violin Concerto No IV - 2. Largo
Locatelli Violin Concerto No IV - 3. Andante

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For this album we chose to record in Binaural as well. This is a perfect solution for headphone users. The recordings are made with the dummy head of Neuman, the KU-100. On a headphone this gives a surprisingly realistic image and it gives you the feeling of being at the session. This idea to develop an extra Binaural catalogue in DSD is initiated and supported by Rivasono in The Netherlands.

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dCS 904 and dCS954

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Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis


Tom Peeters

Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters

Recording location

Cumerakerk, Rhenen, Holland

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Press reviews

The Strad

Dutch violinist Lisa Jacobs performs three of Locatelli’s twelve 1733 concertos L’arte del violino op.3 with bold characterisation, and meets their formidable technical challenges with commendable athleticism and élan. She decodes Locatelli’s complex notation with artistry, makes light of his sometimes stratospheric position-work, demonstrates remarkable finger dexterity in realising the requisite extensions and double- and multiple-stoppings, and masters with apparent ease his extraordinary range of annotated bowings. Her 1683 Rugeri proves an ideal partner in recreating Locatelli’s bel canto style, and she dispatches the virtuoso capriccios in each concerto with finesse and aplomb.
Although she is a persuasive advocate of Locatelli’s fertile imagination, Jacobs does not consistently display her own invention, either in extempore ornamentation or in those cadenzas that commonly link a capriccio with the final orchestral ritornello. But she adds some humour in a couple of cadenzas, quoting a snippet from Kreisler’s cadenza for the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in the first Allegro of no.1, and from Paganini’s Caprice no.9 in the finale of no.4. The String Soloists provide alert, sympathetic accompaniments and, apart from some occasional moments of imbalance (notably in the final Allegro of no.1), the recording is exemplary.


Her execution is exemplary, exhibiting no stress or strain in the technically demanding capriccios.

First and foremost, I think, I’d recommend this to violin students. If nothing else, it will give them something to strive for. But when it comes to the general listener, I’m just not sure Locatelli’s L’arte del violino is music to sit down and listen to for enjoyment, regardless of how spectacularly well the concertos are played.

MusicWeb International

“Several violinists have taken the Capricci out of context and played them separately. Locatelli was clearly an early version of Paganini and was said to be devilish and to be so powerful and theatrical that his playing was once described as being akin to an earthquake. Lisa Jacobs does not go in for such effects but plays everything with grace, elegance and beautiful sense of phrase shaping.”
“The recording is excellent, clear and adds to the overall feeling of exquisiteness and sophistication.”

Klassieke Zaken

“Het ensemble speelt sophisticated, maar zeer betrokken en Lisa Jacobs is in de solo partij een soort ster van Betlehem die stralend boven de klankrijke weiden uitstijgt. Vooral in de capricci is Jacobs van een bijzondere klasse. Een violiste om direct te omarmen.

Luister 5 out of 5

Raving reviews, the young violinist Lisa Jacobs is already accustomed to it, even in these columns (2014, for her debut CD Poeme: 10/10). On that album she exhibited relatively modern works by Ysaye and Franck, this time she goes back in time. Not only in terms of repertoire: violin concertos by the Italian Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764), who used to live in Amsterdam, but also personally. Jacobs has been captivated by this brilliant music from her early childhood on (Sunday breakfast with the family, Locatelli’s music in the background). Understandably and so right. Locatelli was not only a great violin virtuoso, but also a great composer, who did justice to all sections of the instrument long before Paganini came into the spotlight. The demanding but always natural-sounding violin parts in the concertos opus 3, which compile the title L’Arte del Violino, are embedded in warm and undulating string sounds, and the allegro movements are played in a fairly quiet pace: great music.
Jacobs and the international (Amsterdam based) ensemble The String Soloists chose to record the concertos 1,2 and 4 and what a festive joy that turned out to be!
Lisa Jacobs makes, besides the quality of the ensemble, even a greater impression in the cadenzas, shaped with great sense of style and exquisite technique.
10/10, ***** René de Cocq, Luister Magazine, September 2016

Editor’s choice for Cum Laude – Best Album:
Devilish virtuosity meets sunny melodies on this recording of Locatelli’s violin concertos by Lisa Jacobs. The young violinist is living proof that even the technically most difficult passages do not need to sound etude-like but musicality always can prevail. The recording sparkles, shines and is full of joy and that deserves a Cum Laude.

De veeleisende maar altijd natuurlijk klinkende vioolpartijen in de concerten opus 3, die samen de titel L’Arte del Violino meekregen, worden ingebed in warm-golvende strijkersklanken, en ook de allegro’s gaan in een redelijk bedaard tempo: heerlijke muziek.
Jacobs en haar internationale (vanuit Amsterdam opererende) ensemble The String Soloists kiezen hier voor de nummers 1, 2 en 4 en maken er een feest van.
10/10, ***** René de Cocq, Luister Magazine, September 2016

Duivelachtige virtuositeit treft zonnige melodiee?n op deze opname van Locatelli’s Vioolconcerten door Lisa Jacobs. De jonge violiste is het levende bewijs dat ook de technisch moeilijk- ste passages niet etude-achtig hoeven te klinken, maar muzikali- teit altijd de boventoon mag voeren. Het speelplezier straalt ervan af en dat verdient een Cum Laude.
Stefanie Westphal

NRC Handelsblad

Haar toon is rank en warm, maar haar echte troef is haar vertelkracht. Uit iedere streek spreekt liefde voor het werk van de vioolvirtuoos (1695-1764) uit Bergamo die in 1729 in Amsterdam belandde en daar tot zijn dood bleef wonen.

De Volkskrant 6.25 out of 5

Jacobs’ vertolkingen zijn beeldschoon, gracieus en spatzuiver….


“The Dutch violinist Lisa Jacobs (Amsterdam, 1985) stole my heart with this warm Italian baroque program. Sublime how she realizes this and how the deep glow of her instrument is embedded in this true top piece of Italian baroque violin art.”

Klassiek Centraal 5 out of 5

Op haar Locatelli cd etaleert Lisa Jacobs in Locatelli’s concerti 1,2 en 4, perfect haar aanstekelijke virtuositeit, gecombineerd met charme en een dansant, lachende, gepassioneerd lyrische aanpak.


On this CD Lisa Jacobs shows in Locatelli’s concertos 1,2 and 4 , perfect her infectious virtuosity, combined with charm and a dance , laughing , passionate lyrical approach.


Die Interpretation des 2. Konzerts mit seinen drei langsamen Sätzen (Andante-Adagio-Andante) ist ein kleines Wunder an kunstvoll-expressivem Musizieren.

De Gelderlander

Technische beheersing wordt in één adem gekoppeld aan een dieper muzikaal inlevingsvermogen. De soliste onderstreept op treffende wijze de revolutionaire trekjes van Locatelli’s ‘Kunst van de Viool’.

Technical control is linked in one breath at a deeper musical empathy. The soloist underlines strikingly the revolutionary traits of Locatelli’s “Art of the Violin.”


“Lisa Jacobs and The String Soloists make a magnificent celebration of the three concerts included here.

The soloist not only feels at ease in the virtuosic cadenzas, but also produces attractive, glossy melodic lines.”

Reformatorisch Dagblad

Een cd waarop alles klopt: virtuositeit, gaafheid, timing, articulatie, zinsbouw, zuiverheid, passie en een uitstekende opname. Misschien is die passie wel de oorzaak van mijn enthousiasme. Het spel van Jacobs straalt aan alle kanten en ze weet haar ensemble, The String Soloists, daarin mee te nemen.


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