“With his version of this piece, José Luis Estellés demonstrated that his ability as a soloist runs a close second to his mastery as an orchestral conductor.”
“Estellés played like an angel in the Schubert lied ‘The Sheperd on the Rock’.”
“It was as if the most sensitive of silences shadowed the virtually vanished sound of Estellés’ clarinet in ‘L’abîme des Oiseaux’.”
[…] a melancholic and profound performance and also to a stylized -and for moments fragile- sobriety, a very substantial balance and an extremely delicate phrasing.
“A top quality conductor.”
“He is a great instrumentalist and is called to be one of the great conductors of this country.” José Luis Turina (Artistic Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain)
Jose-Luis Estelles is a sublime clarinettist who plays with the same abandonment. Therefore this recording of the clarinet quintet has become a passionate and unstoppable plea for Keuris’ chamber music: he who dares to listen is guaranteed to be won over.
“Estellés has conducted really successfully in every way. He has shown its elegance, his mastery of euphonic space, an anticipated upbeat pulse, the expression in his left hand, attention to detail at the entrances and a natural rhythm with the baton…”
[…] José Luis Estellés again showed the plasticity of his phrasing and his ability to tinge the sound in the limits of the dynamic ranges . The famous central Adagio was very expressive, but without ever falling into sentimentality. […]
“The triumph of a great clarinetist: Estellés gave a lesson in technique, good sound, breathing, flexible ductility… especially attractive concert in which Estellés became the protagonist, well deservedly.”