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.
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. :)