“It was as if the most sensitive of silences shadowed the virtually vanished sound of Estellés’ clarinet in ‘L’abîme des Oiseaux’.”
“José Luis Estellés, accomplice of his basset-clarinet, seduced us with his wonderful sound. I rarely heard the first movement of Mozart Concerto with such personality. Phrasing, imagination, good taste and a unique domain.”
“His sound, his technical facility, his sense of tempo and his way of understanding melody are a pure wonder”.
“The true nature of his playing lies not just at the intellectual level of interpretation, but in his ability to open doors in a way that approximates to the very act of creation at its most elemental: sheer physical enjoyment”.
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.
“The version presented here (of the world premiere of the work) is absolutely brilliant and of the highest level”.
“A top quality conductor.”
[…] José Luis Estellés was a soloist of the highest quality, leading with mastery and maturity a performance which demanded more than technical expertise…. the expression and creative role of the performer, as Estellés understands to perfection. […]
“…and better still, the clarinettist José-Luis Estellés; possibly the finest in the country.”
… “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”.