“An Elgar of admirable nobility.” Reviews of Asier Polo’s concert with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra

On February 14, 2020, Asier Polo performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Michael Sanderling. His performance at the Opera Palace in A Coruña received a warm reception by the audience and critics, whose impressions we collect below.

“Asier Polo proved to be in a moment of intelligent maturity, of expressive balance, of controlled passion as it should so that nothing overflows, of immaculate technique (…). His Elgar was of an admirable nobility (…), exciting without any excess, respectful with the composer and the listener.”

Luis Suñén, Scherzo (15 feb 2020)

“His impeccable technique, considering the immense difficulties of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, gave that false sense of ease, a luxury only available to the greatest. But the best of his interpretation was the way in which he transmitted all the feelings and sensations contained in the score as well as containment just to the limit where passion abandons elegance to become scream and exasperation. Magnificent version, excellently accompanied by Sanderling and the orchestra, which obtained a great ovation from the audience.”

Julián Carrillo, El País (17 feb 2020)

“A performer who proved a deep knowledge of the work.”

Ramón García Balado, Ritmo (18 feb 2020)

“We had never heard it [Elgar’s Cello Concerto] like this before: with a soloist who tastes it, extracts from it all his delicacy and substance, sings, phrases, nuances, regulates the dynamics and the agogic” (…) What a pride to have a Spanish performer of such stature. ”

Julio Andrade, La Opinión de A Coruña (16 feb 2020)