“In Flanders Fields”: Michael Morpurgo, Coope
Boyes & Simpson, the Paul Rans Ensemble
Kings Place, London, 25-08-2014
'It will be hard
for other centenary events to match this original
and powerful blend of music and spoken word. This
show deserves to be repeated.'
Robin Denselow in The Guardian 27-08-2014
the different interpretations of the song
‘Egidius waer bestu bleven’ (Gruuthuse Ms.,
end 14th c.):
“Most of all I was
touched by the simple and intense version of the
Paul Rans Ensemble ... the intimate and restrained
voice of Paul Rans who turns this poem into a
Guus Middag in 'Onze Taal' magazine (The Hague,
the wealth of vocal colours which A
la Rum produced for the songs 'Maschéro'
and 'Duizend soldaten' (Thousand Soldiers) was a
rare plea for depth and roots - De
... with Jokke
Schreurs and Marc Hauman, Paul Rans and Wiet Van
de Leest injected new life into Rum. 'Maschéro'
made you dream and they gave us a beautiful
version of 'Duizend soldaten' - De Morgen
CD Rans &
Flagel - Drie oorlogstaferelen / Trois tableaux
de guerre / Three Scenes of War:
KLARA'S 10: *****
(VRT KLARA Radio)
very, very nice to listen to, again and again.
Pure class!" (Folkroddels.be)
it proves hard to remove this album from the CD
a work of love and we heartily recommend it" (Mazz
Musikas - Roots Town Music)
old Rum star is still an inspired singer ... How
does he still manage to find enough breath for
those fast and dynamic songs, I wonder. New
Folksounds, October 2007
|Rapture with gallant melancholy:
the Rans Ensemble was exhilarating, absolutely
Münstersche Zeitung (Germany), July 2004
Paul Rans produces a lyrical sound which also
adds wonderful colours to lovers' laments.
Het Parool (Netherlands), January 2005
All musicians have total
command of their instruments and their intonation
is faultless. Rans also introduced the songs with
much wit and wisdom so that the audience was able
to understand most of these Flemish texts.
Westfälische Nachrichten (Germany), July 2004
Rans & Flagel.
L’inventivité et la fraîcheur des interprètes
confèrent beaucoup d’atmosphère à ce projet. Les
deux voix solistes sont très convaincantes. CHOC!
Le Monde de la Musique (France), juillet-août
||Paul Rans is a
marvellous singer; you can hear every word, even
if you can’t understand them. He shapes the music
well, and has a convincing presence.
Early Music Review (UK), September 1998
Paul Rans and Ambrozijn: a
successful combination of voices.
De Standaard (Belgium), 2003
Rans & Flagel is a
New Folk Sounds (Netherlands), 2002