“… we went to a memorable performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto Nº2. Here we’re talking about an exceptional soloist, who had an authoritative understanding of the work right from the outset. This is not a concerto that displays immediate virtuosity, but by contrast it requires introspection and intimacy at many points, as well as stamina in the faster sections, all combined with the sarcasm and ironic bitterness that are so typical of Shostakovich.
Polo faithfully conveyed the Russian composer’s complex thoughts. Great commitment and musicality were shown. As far as interpretation is concerned, it’s always worth finding a musically sensitive soloist such as Asier Polo, and he was quite rightly the great star of tonight’s concert.”
Source: Diario de Navarra, Xabier Armendáriz.