“José Luis Estellés on clarinet and the Arriaga Quartet successfully solved a generous program, dense and hugely demanding that included two world premieres.”
“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…”
“Nominee for release of the year. Estellés is a clarinetist of the highest accomplishment. He is a naturally fluent and poetic player who communicates remarkably well subtle shadings of musical character and expression”.
“Hohepunkt des Abends. Estellés glänzte durch seine technische Perfektion und for allem durch seine außerst feinsinnige Gestaltung in absoluter homogener Ausgewogenheit. Das Herzstück – das Larghetto- beeindruckte durch eine bis in kleinste Verästelungen geformte Dynamik.”
“… is now an accomplished soloist; the work gave him a chance to prominence, and he took advantage; his voice was expressive, sometimes ethereal. A happy interpretation of a genius work.”
“The splendour of the clarinet. A virtuoso clarinettist and excellent musician. The marvellous way in which he can create a sound, revealing in the process his extraordinary technique, caught and held the attention of all those attending the concert”.
“Estellés played like an angel in the Schubert lied ‘The Sheperd on the Rock’.”
“The performance was magnificent. Energetic, lively, colouristic. Created under strong leadership”.
“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.”
[…]the soloist’s discourse full of beauty, phrasing of the most natural and musical possible manner… played with an unusual clarity and elegance… this performance becomes one to be considered, especially after the poignant slow movement, an Adagio-Fantasia, brief but exciting.