Standing ovation after Nielsen Concerto
THE RETURN OF THE MASTER
But if good was the first piece of the program, even better was the interpretation of the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Nielsen. A complex score in its language and in its extremely difficult solo part, written by Nielsen in the final years of his life and creative legacy and tribute to clarinetist Aage Oxenvad. It was said in 1928 that the work that combined to perfection Oxenvad’s flawless interpretation and the perfect clarinet writing by Nielsen. This perfect combination met again on stage with masterful interpretation of José Luis Estellés in the solo part and the balanced conducting of Joseph Swensen. Through each intervention Estellés demonstrated why he is one of the best clarinetists of the current scene. His performance was precise and technically unbeatable, coupled with an emotive and brilliant orchestral accompaniment, among which should be noted Noelia Arc with the side drum. The result was no other than one of the most outstanding soloist appearances throughout the season. The standing ovation that Estellés received for his performance encouraged him to give two encores: the Hommage to Manuel de Falla by Béla Kovács, and the jazzy piece Benny’s Gig, composed by Morton Gould in tribute to Benny Goodman. Jose Luis Estellés moved with ease on stage, showing his forwardness and originality, with the collaboration of Noelia Arco and Frano Kakarigi, respectively, for the interpretation of both two encores.