Reviews

Classical music - Maarten Engeltjes, PRJCT Amsterdam - Forgotten arias Bach (Sony)****
"...They are not really forgotten, but after all 'the old wig' composed so much that not everything could become a 'hit'. Out of context, in the voice of Engeltjes they now sound like gems on a bed beautifully made by the young orchestra... "
Classical music - Bach: Forgotten Aria's, Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam****
"... Engeltjes sings them with an incredible sense of text, a fireproof timing and a sound as clear as the stars in a cold winter sky ..."
Maarten Engeltjes 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 Engeltjess, to whose voice - round and with a beautiful harmonic saucer in the height - you want to keep listening. Highlight: the last aria Schläfert aller Sorgenkummer from cantata 197 ..."
All 'Forgotten arias' are highlights****
'... The delicious 'Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder' from cantata 30, which nestles in your ear like a worm with a beautiful lucid and airy accompaniment of the orchestra. But Bach is Bach and in fact all these 'forgotten' arias are highlights. With his sovereign and supple voice, Engeltjes himself remains imposingly above the material... '
'Guide to Bach's treasury'
‘How beautifully do the oboes meander around each other to unite eventually with the voice in a unified cadence. Or take the sunny aria Kommt ihr angefocht'nen Sünder. The alto soars lightly above the enchanting accompaniment of flute and strings ... ’
‘Maarten Engeltjes sings a delightful Bach’
’... The same attention to detail characterized' Kommt, ihr angefocht'nen Sünder ', from Bach's gallant later years. With subtle changes in dynamics and tempo, the musicians added a little extra to the almost swinging rhythm. But without breaking the feathery charm of flute and pizzicato playing strings, Engeltjes gave the words "ruft und schreit!" their full, voluminous weight...’
‘An immensely gratifying concert’
‘... Back at Het Veld stage, I settled in for an immensely gratifying concert of Vivaldi and Handel by the countertenor Maarten Engeltjes with PRJCT Amsterdam, the ensemble he founded. Engeltjes’s beautiful voice has a glistening, silvery quality, with an unexpectedly powerful low register...’
‘Impressive performances on the yellowed grass of Wonderfeel’
'The countertenor Maarten Engeltjes sings arias of Monteverdi, Handel, Purcell and Dowland with his new ensemble PRJCT Amsterdam. With his own 'band' his voice seems liberated from the idiosyncratic armour of Baroque conductors. He dares to slow down almost to a standstill and models fluent whispers ... ’
‘High-spirited Stabat Mater from Pergolesi’
‘.. Maarten Engeltjes is the ideal interpreter of this music. He sings the coloraturas in a light, agile way. His pianissimo is incredibly intimate and breathtakingly beautiful. He joins his voice to the color of the ensemble, which sounds like shrouded drums in the same pianissimo ... ’
‘A beauty that reconciles man with life’
Religion and classical music share a languishing existence in modern society. Saturday evening, the new Theologian of the Netherlands Claartje Kruijff promised to "search the new in old words". A day earlier, similar words came from the mouth of countertenor Maarten Engeltjes. With his ensemble PRJCT Amsterdam he wants to bridge the three centuries between the baroque and the present. "This music speaks of emotions that we experience and undergo in this time as well." To make this tangible, Engeltjes links the Stabat Mater (1736) by Pergolesi to the novel Schaduwkind (2003) by P.F. Thomése in the first of his own concert series.
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