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Press Reviews

“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

On 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 poignant lament.”
Guus Middag in 'Onze Taal' magazine (The Hague, April 2012)

... 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 Standaard 23/04/2012

... 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 23/04/2012

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 player" (Folkforum.nl)

"... a work of love and we heartily recommend it" (Mazz Musikas - Roots Town Music)


This 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 enthralling.
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 2002
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 five-star CD.
New Folk Sounds (Netherlands), 2002

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