The first major project of Maarten Engeltjes and PRJCT Amsterdam
Autumn 2017 saw the first major project of Maarten Engeltjes with his baroque orchestra PRJCT Amsterdam: Stabat Mater by Giovanni Batista Pergolesi (1710-1736). The theme is fate, death, especially the death of a child - and especially the loss of a child as experienced by the parents.
The program begins with two pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Nulla in mundo pax and Nisi dominus (with the touching Cum dederit About fate, doom and destiny. Then P.F. Thomése, author of the book Shadow Child (2003) about the death of his own little daughter, some passages from it. This is to introduce Pergolesi's well-known and beloved Stabat Mater (1736) in which Mary at the foot of the cross weeps over her son Jesus: The deeply saddened Mother | Stood weeping at the cross | While her Son hung there.
The combination of eighteenth-century music and modern literature underscores the timelessness of the theme. It may also help to make Baroque music accessible to audiences more familiar with text and literature than with early music.
Nulla in mundo pax sincera (solo cantata for soprano)
Nisi Dominus (solo cantata for counter tenor)
excerpts from Shadow Child
Maarten Engeltjes countertenor
Shira Patchornik soprano
P.F. Thomése speaking voice
Josef Žák violin & conducting