[… a prie-dieu Schubert, with clarinetist José Luis Estellés offering a counter-chant with extreme fineness and a breathtaking blending with the voice.]
“The version presented here (of the world premiere of the work) is absolutely brilliant and of the highest level”.
“Tremendous concert. The orchestra was conducted with complete mastery by José-Luis Estellés. He demonstrated a serene leadership, ductile and at one with the instrumental body”.
… “All that has been shown by Estellés and the Trío Arbós with class, with technique, with that poetic of their own that determines the path of an eloquent works by a great composer”.
“The Spanish clarinettist, José-Luis Estellés is quite a find. What a woodwind player! Exuberantly playful, flirtatious and poetic, with marvellous technical reserves, Estellés threaded the fibres of the work together with an irresistible charm and natural authority”.
[…] a melancholic and profound performance and also to a stylized -and for moments fragile- sobriety, a very substantial balance and an extremely delicate phrasing.
“… 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.”
“It was as if the most sensitive of silences shadowed the virtually vanished sound of Estellés’ clarinet in ‘L’abîme des Oiseaux’.”
“…this quintet of the highest compositional conception, was literally embroidered with the playing of the splendid Estellés who seems gifted with a virtuosity which is always musical and where nothing is forced”.
“Amongst the concerts with a especial success this year we count the Clarinet Concerto with Estellés” […]