Reviews

Japanese music review site 'Mikiki' about the album 'Nicht mehr hier'

"The smoothing sound of the ensemble in Buxtehude's "Klaglied" brings you from reality to the world of heavens and harmony." "The sensitive and powerful voice like a taut thread, and the free expressiveness are the most appealing features of the modern countertenor." "Listeners will surely find peace in the fulfilling and gentle sound of the ensemble."

music review site Mikiki
July 15, 2020

Nicht mehr hier - Music by JS Bach, D Buxtehude and JC Bach

"The angelic, ethereal sound of the countertenor voice is soothing, almost comforting, and that is important when it is about the subject of death." "Just like on his first Bach recording, Maarten Engeltjes is accompanied by the soft and hovering sounds of the baroque orchestra PRJCT Amsterdam."

HR2 Kultur podcast
July 23, 2020

Das Opernglas - Nicht mehr hier

The flawless purity of his countertenor comes into his own in a unique way in the cantata "Ich habe genug" (BWV 82) that follows the "Klagelied" from Dietrich Buxtehude. [Engels] expresses the feeling of balsamic quietude and blissful timelessness like no other.

Das Opernglas, J. Gahre
July 2020

Silent rhetoric around the end of life

"... Beneath his calm, ripple-free legato, you feel the restrained passion, while your ear registers the carefully measured ornamentation and the pinpoint pianissimo in the higher regions. (...) Somehow PRJCT Amsterdam also places the sometimes exuberant groove under heartfelt lyrics like 'Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod' and 'Mir ekelt mehr zu leben' in a new light: not only is the I-figure at peace with the end of life, he or she even reaches for the afterlife. ..."

Nederlands Dagblad, Margaretha Coornstra
May 29, 2020

With round, stretchy voice, Engeltjes sings Bach's famous solo cantatas ****

"... Countertenor Maarten Engeltjes stated there a beautiful funeral bouquet from together. (...) With round, elastic voice Engeltjes sings well-known solo cantatas like Ich habe genug. (...) And just dab the eyes after that four-part song by Bach's great uncle Johann Christoph. 'Good night, world, the grains of my hourglass have run out.'"

Volkskrant - Guido van Oorschot
May 14, 2020

Classical - Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam - Forgotten arias Bach (Sony)****

"... They have not really been forgotten, but 'the old wig' simply composed so much that not everything could become a 'hit'. Apart from their context, they now sound, with the voice of Engeltjes, like pearls on a bed beautifully made by the young orchestra ...."

Hans Visser - Leids Dagblad (e.a. regional newspapers)
March 13, 2019

Classical - Bach: Forgotten Arias, Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam****

"... Angel sings them with an incredible sense of lyrics, spot-on timing and a sound as clear as the stars in a cold winter sky ..."

APH, The Standard
March 6, 2019

Maarten Engelen has a voice you want to keep listening to****

"...In the fine selection of arias from Bach cantatas, the musicians give all the space to Angel, to whose voice - round and with a beautiful overtone echo in the height - you want to keep listening. Highlight: the concluding Schläfert aller Sorgenkummer from cantata 197..."

Merlijn Kerkhof in De Volkskrant
February 28, 2019

Forgotten arias are highlights ****

'...The delightful 'Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder' from cantata 30, which, with a wonderfully lucid and airy accompaniment from the orchestra, settles like a worm in your ear. But Bach is Bach and in fact all these 'forgotten' arias are highlights. Engels himself, thanks to his sovereign and supple voice, stands above the material with allure...'

Peter van der Lint, Trouw, De Verdieping
February 22, 2019

'Guide to Bach's treasury'

'How beautifully the oboes meander around each other to eventually unite with the voice in a unified cadence. Or take the sunny aria Kommt ihr angefocht'nen Sünder. Lightly the alto rises above the enchanting accompaniment of flute and strings...'

Winand van de Kamp, Haarlems Dagblad
November 13, 2018, Forgotten Aria

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