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...With round, stretchy voice, Engeltjes sings familiar solo cantatas like Ich habe genug. Guest soloist and bass Andreas Wolf provides contrast with Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, in which death appears as the brother of sleep. Most moving, however, are the non-Bach tracks. Forerunner Buxtehude wrote a phenomenal Klaglied [...] after his father's death.

Forgotten Arias

The album 'Forgotten Arias', released by Sony Classical, is a wonderful selection of eleven arias and two sinfonias, chosen from the huge oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach. Maarten Engeltjes believes that Bach arias can give meaning to modern existence. 'Outside the framework of the cantata they suddenly take on a more timeless character. You feel how [...]