Fantasias and Aires (2002)


The Locke Consort

The life of John Jenkins was a long one. Born in 1592, the son of a Maidstone carpenter, he seems to have spent most of his life as a musician in houses of the nobility, mainly in East Anglia.  Here he would teach, perform and compose, no doubt suiting his compositions to the available resources and players.

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John Wilson Meyer began playing violin and piano at the age of seven. He studied the violin with Maurice Clare at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and baroque and classical violin with Marie Leonhardt in Amsterdam.

Alongside his activities with The Locke Consort, John is also a founding member of The Amsterdam String Quartet, one of Europes leading period instrument string quartets. This ensemble, which for many years has presented its own series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, enjoys an international reputation for its concerts and recordings.

In an orchestral context, John is a regular member of Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), and La Chambre Philharmonique.


Mimi Mitchell studied violin and musicology in the United States, receiving her B.M. and M.M. magna cum laude from Rice University. She continued her studies in the Netherlands, studying baroque violin with Jaap Schröder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Mimi performs with many of Europe's and America's leading early music ensembles, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Currende, and Apollo's Fire. 

Mimi enjoys combining her research and performing skills, and has been awarded numerous subsidies for her work at the Kromeriz Archive in the Czech Republic. With the Dutch ensemble In Stil Moderno, she has performed her discoveries at numerous prestigious festivals, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival and the Cork Early Music Festival. Conducting from the violin, Mimi also directs modern ensembles as well as early music specialists. Conducting a modern chamber orchestra, she won the "Nagrada Jurica Muraj" the the Verazdin Baroque Evenings for the best performance of the festival in 2006. In demand as a lecturer, teacher and coach, Mimi has taught in the USA, France, England, Croatia and the Netherlands.


Susanne Braumann started her viol-studies with Wolfgang Eggers at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and continued them at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hannelore Mueller and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag with Wieland Kuijken.

She played concerts in most European countries, Cuba, Canada and in USA and performed under conductors as August Wenzinger, Ton Koopman, Jos van Immerseel, Roy Goodman, Paul van Nevel, Hartmut Haenchen and Ed Spanjaard. Susanne Braumann performs regularly with Brisk Recorder Quartet and Huelgas Ensemble. As a soloist Susanne took part in bigger productions with Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Royal Danish Opera, Anima Eterna, Hamburger Staatsoper, Holland Baroque Society, Nederlands Danstheater and Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Recordings with Susanne were nominated for the Grammophone Award (with The Locke Consort), the Edison Award (met Phantasm) and she won the Echo Klassik 2010 with a recording with the Huelgas Ensemble (Paul van Nevel). For the CD-label Globe she recorded, together with Fred Jacobs, theorbo, a CD with works of Marin Marais.


Fred Jacobs studied lute and theorbo with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He is a member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Parley of Instruments, the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bachsociety and the Monteverdi Continuo-ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he has performed in all Monteverdi and Cavalli productions since 1997.

Fred Jacobs is a regular accompanist of many distinguished singers, such as Anne Azéma, Michael Chance and Maarten Koningsberger. With Johannette Zomer he has been recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th Century monody for which his research has unveiled many hidden treasures.

Over the years Fred has been a guest at the major early music festivals in Europe and the United States. He performs in opera productions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Florence. Fred Jacobs has worked with many conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrot, Marc Minkowski and Richard Egarr. With Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, and Maarten Koningsberger he runs workshops on the English lute song and on French ‘Air de Cour’.

Since 1995 teaches lute and theorbo at the Amsterdam Conservatory.


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    Tijdschrift voor Oude Muziek

De musici zijn hoorbaar verheugd over hun muzikale ontdekking en de muziek geeft daar ook alle aanleiding toe. (…)


voorbeeldige uitvoering, voortreffelijke opname, vooral ook door de positionering van de instrumenten in het stereobeeld, die het heen en weer kaatsen en doorgeven van de motieven en melodieën nog verheldert.

    Klassieke Zaken

De combinatie van twee huppelende en speelse barokviolen met de ernstige, strakke streken van de gefrette gamba en het ondersteunende getokkel vn de theorbe klinkt fantastisch. Een schitterend huwelijk tussen frivoliteit en sonoriteit


De muziek is afwisselend levendig en gedragen, waarbij de instrumenten op steeds verschillende manieren met elkaar communiceren. De musici brengen deze gevarieerde interactie met een natuurlijke soepelheid en een groot gevoel voor subtiele nuances. Doordat ze perfect naar elkaar luisteren, zijn ensemblegesprekken ook werkelijk ensemblegesprekken, dialogen ook echt dialogen en komen imitiatieve passages zeer overtuigend over. (…)

    American Record Guide

The Locke Consort does a beautiful job with these; each fantasia-suite is rendered with the elegance and precision it deserves (…) (…) The souns is excellent. (…)


the performances couldn’t be better-they are obviously historical informed, but are vribant and rhythmically alert. Intonation is flawless and technique unfailingly clean. (…) (…) excellent recital (…)


This is music with generous amounts of color created by duet passages from the violins, a wide variety of voicings, and imaginative use of the plucked strings of the theorbo. (…) (…) the musicians are virtuoso soloists and first-rate ensemble players, and all of their skills are challenged in these highly developed, often florid works (…)


the balanced tonal landscape, and gentle undemanding melodie phrases are exploited sensitively by the experienced Loche Consort and underpinned with an unfussy authority by theorbo player Fred Jacobs, who honours Jenkins’ own instrument by keeping the organ out of the frame (…)


The Locke consort plays beautifully (…) (…) This lovely release is one of the most enjoyable SACD’s I have heard to date and enhances our knowledge of an already appealing composer. Hifi+ (…) the music is beautifully crafted and not infrequently eloquent, particularly in the slow sections that conclude each fantasia. (…)

Fantasias and Aires (2002)


The Locke Consort

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: DCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands October 2001
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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