Friday, April 27, 2007

Rest in Peace: Mstislav Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich, the ebullient master cellist who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall, has died. He was 80.

Read more here

Bio with a little audio sample

TIME Magazine Tribute

The Kennedy Center Bio with Multimedia

Related links:

Sony Classical Biography

Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation

I remember listening to his recording of Bach Cello Suites while waiting through contractions in the middle of the night with Terri (and playing cards). Appropriately beautiful, but with a certain intensity. :)

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