"Jacobs lives up to both pieces, impresses with tonal beauty and a light lyrical sound, but anyone who has heard the rapid, spectacular interpretation of the Nielsen concert beforehand will hardly be able to suppress a yawn. As pleasant-sounding, deeply romantic pieces, both still have their charm."Klassik.com, 23-1-2020
Noordse romantiekDe hoofdmoot van de opname is het, in 1911 gecomponeerde, Vioolconcert van de Deense componist Carl Nielsen. Maar niet minder interessant zijn de twee andere vioolwerken van de Noren Johan Halvorsen en Johan Severin Svendsen, geschreven in de stijl van de Noorse romantische traditie en sterk beïnvloed door de muziek van Edvard Grieg.
De ontdekkingsreis van NielsenCarl Nielsen daarentegen gaat op ontdekkingsreis. Hij zoekt een nieuwe muziektaal, met enerzijds een sterk verlangen naar het nieuwe en anderzijds een grote behoefte aan herleving van het puur archaïsche. Deze tegenstrijdigheid blijkt duidelijk uit zijn vioolconcert, dat in een neoklassieke vierdelige vorm in beginsel herinnert aan het concerto grosso uit de Barok. Met schijnbaar eenvoudige klassiek-achtige thema's en verwijzingen naar Bach en Mozart, neemt Nielsen de luisteraar mee op een fantastisch avontuur door het wilde Noordse landschap, op een pad vol harmonische en ritmische wendingen.
'Sensual allure in Jacobs's deeply felt, beguilingly phrased readings’ (BBC Music Magazine, UK)
‘Magisterial authority and tonal splendor’ (Fanfare magazine, USA)
‘Audience stunned into breathless silence' (Grafschafter Nachrichten, Germany)
‘Musical mastery of this calibre is rarely heard' (Dutch Telegraph)
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. At the age of only 17, Lisa made her successful debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Chailly.
She has played several times in all the major concert halls of the Netherlands and all around the world ever since, both as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors, as a recitalist with her pianist Ksenia Kouzmenko and at chamber music festivals, always to highly critical acclaim, receiving brilliant reviews and finding ecstatic audiences. She receives much attention in both national and international media, with live radio concerts, television broadcasts and interviews. Lisa has won several first prizes in both national and international competitions, one of them being at the 2nd International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition in Lithuania 2005, where she received the Audience prize as well.
She collaborated with amongst others Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kiev State Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Sinfonietta, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Juanaguato Mexico, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzesse, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Residentie Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra and respected conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Jurjen Hempel, Massimo Quarta, Conrad van Alphen, Dirk Brossé, Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli, Juozas Domarkas, Jan Willem de Vriend, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Toby Hoffman.
Lisa has followed masterclasses with Thomas Brandis, Julian Rachlin, Sylvie Gazeau, Herman Krebbers, David Takeno, Nelli Shkollnikova, Philip Graffin and Maxim Vengerov, which was broadcasted on Dutch television. She plays a Rugieri violin from 1683, given to her on loan by a private person for which she is very grateful. This years engagements include concerts with the Wieniawski, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Locatelli and Vivaldi concertos, including concert tours to Slovenia, Italy, France, Georgia, China and Germany. November 2013, her debut cd with works by Franck and Ysaye was highly successfully released on Challenge Records International.
Jacobs lives up to both pieces, impresses with tonal beauty and a light lyrical sound, but anyone who has heard the rapid, spectacular interpretation of the Nielsen concert beforehand will hardly be able to suppress a yawn. As pleasant-sounding, deeply romantic pieces, both still have their charm.
Lisa Jacobs is a really fine player.
Music Web, 30-9-2019
The Dutch violinist has a gorgeous sound, particularly high up on her 1683 Rugeri. That proves wondrous in the dreaming whimsy that characterises Part I but Jacobs is not short of gritty argument in the cadenzas either.
The Strad, 22-7-2019
Lisa Jacobs plays with firm tone and admirable technical control in these live performances, and I’m particularly taken with the dark sound she draws from the low register of her 1683 Rugieri.
Jacobs effortlessly captivates her listeners for 40 minutes with Nielsen.
With this release, Lisa Jacobs explores Scandinavian music. Carl Nielsen’s violin concerto is illuminated with very rich colors. The Halvorsen and Svendsen performances are no less atmospheric. The orchestra from Bremen is very supportive.
The visual sounds and the strong connection with nature play an important role with Composer Carl Nielsen. Lisa plays this technically challenging piece with sometimes rough sounds in this live setting.
Lisa Jacobs recorded the incomprehensible violin concerto by Carl Nielsen: "I see this piece as a quest"
De Volkskrant, 04-4-2019
"Sorceress" Lisa Jacobs is among the best!
De Gelderlander, 03-4-2019