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Mstislav Rostropovich
cellist

Mstislav Rostropovich

  • March 27, 1927 Bakou (Azerbaïdjan) - April 27, 2007 Moscow (Russia)

Biography

Cellist, conductor and tireless campaigner for freedom of speech and human rights, Rostropovich was a musician like no other, one who used his supreme talent and prominence for the most humane purposes, from squeezing money from the Soviet Union of Composers for a starving Prokofiev to celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall with an impromptu recital of a Bach cello suite. Some of the greatest new works for cello were written expressly for him, including concertos by Lutosławski, Dutilleux and his teacher and lifelong friend Shostakovich, and together with his wife, the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, he became for many years a fixture at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he gave frequent performances with Britten.

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Mstislav Rostropovich, The Indomitable Bow
Mstislav Rostropovich, The Indomitable Bow

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Benjamin Britten conducts Tchaikovsky and Britten — With Mstislav Rostropovich
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David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich play Brahms' Double Concerto and Violin Concerto
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Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy
Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy

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Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter play Prokofiev and Beethoven
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Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia
Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia

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Mstislav Rostropovitch, intimate
Mstislav Rostropovitch, intimate

Portrait of the cellist by Alain Duault

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Galina Vishnevskaya and Boris Christoff perform Russian songs – With Mstislav Rostropovich