"The clarinetist William Powell gave a glittering recital. He is a performer who catches a listener's attention with the first phrase and continues to hold it, in the way great singers once did, by precision of timing, variety of attacks, and masterly, imaginative molding both of single notes and of melodic strands...Again and again, Mr. Powell touched a nerve of pleasure with a clarinet specialty: a note stealing gently from silence. His timbres were protean...a remarkable visitor."
Andrew Porter, The New Yorker
"Mr. Powell played with extraordinary control and musicality."
Tim Page, New York Times
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"William Powell is a clarinetist nonpareil. Faultless intonation, surefire control and, above all, sensitive phrasing characterize his playing."
Terry McQuilkin, Los Angeles Times
"Clarinetist William Powell played with impressive musicality and skill."
Howard Wells, High Fidelity/Musical America
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"William Powell is a spectacular instrumentalist and musician. His tone was limpid, warm and unfailing lovely, and along with phrasing that was endlessly subtle in tonal, rhythmic and dynamic shadings, the total effect achieved was unforgettable...He is a virtuoso, with the technical agility this term connotes, but more than this, this performance was that of a master — musician and technician."
Donald Dierks, The San Diego Union
photo by Steve Gunther, CalArts
"Powell floated through clarinet works with a velvet tone and a grand technique."
John Willett, San Diego Magazine
"William Powell has mastered the clarinet, and he not only does everything the right way, but he also does it with a charm in feeling and a boldness in technique."
Charles Supin, Las Vegas ReviewJournal
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