Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ chooses Maarten Engeltjes as 'soul mate'

On 28 February 2019 the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ published its complete program for the  2019-2020 season. At the same time it was announced that Maarten Engeltjes will receive a wildcard as ‘soul mate‘. He will have the opportunity to program five concerts of his own choice (see below).

Short video of the making of the 'Forgotten Arias' album

Watch the video of the making of the Forgotten Arias album at the Grote Kerk in Elburg.

Virtuoso! postponed due to illness

Due to illness of Maarten Engeltjes the concert in Nijmegen on 22 February 2019 had to be terminated prematurely. The concert planned for 24 February in Eindhoven has been postponed. For both concerts a new date will be announced as soon as possible. Those who have already ordered tickets will be informed by the venues.

Album release Forgotten Arias

On Monday 18 February, Sony Music presented the CD Forgotten Arias, Maarten Engeltjes’ first album with PRJCT Amsterdam. This was reason for a small party to which everyone involved was invited on the 12th floor of the A’dam Tower high above the IJ in Amsterdam.

The album is available in our webshop (for Dutch and Belgian customers), at Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

CD recordings in Grote Kerk Elburg

The Grote Kerk (Main Church) in Elburg, where Maarten Engeltjes gained his first musical experience as a four-year-old in the boys’ choir, is known for his exceptional acoustics. On 5, 6 and 7 December the church was converted into a recording studio for the first CD of Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam. Three super-intensive and strenuous days for all musicians, and a special experience for those who have not experienced such a recording before.
The CD will be released at Sony Classical in February 2019. The details will only be announced at the presentation, but it concerns at least some arias that were part of the Forgotten Arias concerts in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Haarlem in early November.

Take a look behind the scenes at the recording in Elburg of the aria Herr, was du willst from BWV 156.

After the Forgotten Arias concerts

It’s over, a extended of intensive rehearsals and three fantastic concerts in Antwerp (7 November), Amsterdam (9 November) and Haarlem (11 November)! We look back on three successful concerts, in well-attended halls – the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ was almost completely sold out. We proudly read the first review byMartin Toet in the magazine for opera lovers Place de l’Opéra. His conclusion: “… Bach boring or long-winded? This enchanting concert was the perfect antidote to such delusions …”. We wholeheartedly agree – we enjoyed it!

Read the reviews: Martin Toet at Place de l’Opéra and Winand van de Kamp at Haarlems Dagblad.

Friends of Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam

After the Forgotten Arias concert on 9 November in Amsterdam, a festive gathering will take place at the Foyerdeck of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ to mark the start of the Vriendenstichting Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam. This Foundation of Friends was established this summer with the aim of supporting the ensemble under Maartens leadership. A number of ‘First Friends’ invited their own relations, known to be interested in music, to this concert. We hope this will help increase the number of Friends. If you consider becoming a Friend, do come to the Foyerdeck after the concert on 9 November!

TV-performance at Podium Witteman

On 21 October, Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam were guests in the tv-programme Podium Witteman. In a conversation with Paul Witteman, Maarten spoke of the beauty of the hundreds of arias ‘hidden’ in Bach’s many cantatas – underexposed compared to the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio. To illustrate this, fragments were played from the Forgotten Arias concerts in early November in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Haarlem. The instrumental first part of the cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) and the aria Hochgelobter Gottessohn from the cantata Bleib bei uns (BWV 6) were performed live.

Contract with Sony Classical

In October a contract was signed between Sony Classical and Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam about the release of CDs in the period 2019-2023. Recordings for the first CD will be made in December 2018 in the Grote Kerk (Main Church) in Elburg: twelve arias from J.S. Bach, including some arias that can also be heard at the Forgotten Arias concerts on 7, 9 and 11 November. The first CD of Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam at Sony will be released in February 2019 – we will keep you informed.

Dazzling performance Sintra Festival (Portugal)

Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam were guests at the 53rd Festival International de Música de Sintra (Portugal) in September. In the festival a series of concerts is given in September and October, in various venues near the Montagna Mágica, the Magic Mountain near the village of Sintra, about 20 km west of Lisbon.

The concert by Maarten & PRJCT Amsterdam on Sunday 23 September in the enchanting Palácio de Queluz was a sensation. The crowd applauded for a long time for Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in F (RV141) and Nisi Dominus (RV608), but the enthusiasm for the Handel arias after the intermission was, if possible, even greater. Perhaps the very highlight was Scherza infida from Handel’s Ariodante, or the encore Ombra mai fu (Xerxes).


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