Mstislav Rostropovich

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Rostropovich, Mstislav Leopol’dovich


Born Mar. 27, 1927, in Baku. Cellist. People’s Artist of the USSR (1966).

Rostropovich graduated in 1946 from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied cello under S. M. Kozolupov. He was a participant in several all-Union and international competitions of performing musicians. In 1978, Rostropovich and his wife, G. P. Vishnevskaia, were deprived of Soviet citizenship for undermining the prestige of the USSR. [22–951–4; updated]

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival is a traditional festival organized by cellist himself in 2006.
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One of several works dedicated to the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Britten's piquant Cello Symphony, febrile in scoring and texture, is a work conceived through gritted teeth.
BRITTEN Cello Suites 1 - 3 (Virgin Classics): Inspired by the playing of great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Britten's three Suites for solo cello (all works written late in his life) also show obvious indebtedness to J S Bach's unsurpassable suites for the instrument, all three built on movements which often pay homage to the structures of an earlier age.
Following his opera La Celestine (based on the dialogue-novel by Fernando de Rojas and jointly commissioned by the Opera de Paris and Radio France--and incidentally, the last new work to be premiered at the Palais Gamier in June 1988), Ohana managed to complete not only several chamber works, including his third string quartet Sorgin-Ngo, but a clutch of choral works (all recorded by the Groupe Vocale Musicatreize and Roland Hayrabedian on Opus 111 [OPS 30-109, 1994] and Calliope [CAL 9876, 1991] and a commission from Mstislav Rostropovich for Ohana's second cello concerto, In Dark and Blue (recorded by Sonia Wieder-Atherton and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, conducted by Arturo Tamayo on Timpani [1C1039, 1997]).
This nineteen-minute work challenges the soloist's technique and musicality, and was first performed in 1977 by Mstislav Rostropovich, with Paul Sacher conducting.
Lord Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, William Pleeth, Mstislav Rostropovich and Pinchus Zukerman are heavyweight names in the classical world who knew and worked with Jacqueline du Pre.
Amadeus Press has now issued Dmitry Paperno's memoirs in the author's English translation with a small but significant amount of new material: a short foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, a preface and epilogue by Paperno, endnotes, and a charming afterword by Mstislav Rostropovich.
"This is not just a funeral, but a national repentance," said Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the world's leading conductors and cellists, who was exiled during the Soviet era.