Quotes about Joep Franssens

The tone is very much that of the best Magnificats – an elevated, serene affirmation of life, with moments of both intimacy and majesty. Franssens’ setting is an unfurling of a widening and deepening sense of wonder and awe that proceeds with unhurried ecstasy to a climax of breathtaking, elemental joy

Stephen EddinsAll Music Guide

The ‘ New Spirituality ‘ of Joep Franssens will undoubtedly for some be synonymous with decadence: it is probable, however, that Franssens, Tavener, but also Gorecki or Kilar, who are all creators of a music with a long and salutary breath, will more and more feed the inspiration of new composers

Michael SebaounClassica

‘Harmony of the Spheres’ significantly placed at the end, testified to the ultimate way of vocal music making

Jens Uwe JessenDer Nordschleswiger

It would not be in the least surprising if Franssens’ Harmony of the Spheres would make it into international repetoire.

Paul JanssenLuister

The composer’s main concern is spirituality and it was this spirituality which succesfully impressed itself upon the audience.

Adriaan HagerTrouw

Altogether, Franssens’ work makes the strongest impression.

Luc KnodlerNRC Handelsblad

Exclusively touching, constructed of quite simple elements and yet highly emotionally charged.

Roeland HazendonkDe Telegraaf

You need only listen to his music to become fully convinced of his truth.

Erik VoermansHet Parool

Joep Franssens seeks the human scale.

Bas van PuttenVrij Nederland

Obviously, Franssens not only has an acute ear, but a carpenter’s eye as well.

Frits van der WaaDe Volkskrant

His music is simple in terms of structure, but overwhelming in feeling.


Joep Franssens’ music [has] a direct appeal which is lacking in much new music.

Frans Baljeu De Stem

One cannot stop playing this disc, because it is impossible to disentangle oneself from the magic of these magnificent scores.

Maarten BrandDe Gelderlander

Joep Franssens’ music is very distinctive and very much his own. He is not interested in traditional concepts of form,
yet the warmth of his sound world appeals to many  listeners. Franssens is a musical omnivore.

Johan KolsteegMens & Melodie

Joep Franssens shows us a glimpse of heaven

Kees HugesHaarlems Dagblad

Joep Franssens’ music simply constitutes a completely personal sound within the Dutch music scene.

Els van SwolKunst en Wetenschap

Creating a sphere, a soundscape, in which the audience could, albeit temporarily, ‘live’

Martin Hoondert

Franssens music will more and more coincide with the requirements and desires of the Zeitgeist

Erik Voermans Parool