27 April 2007

Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)

Mstislav Rostropovich gave an impromptu concert at
Checkpoint Charlie after the Berlin Wall fell in November
1989. Photograph © Reuters, Caption
NY Times.

I cannot explain just why, but I find the cello especially wonderful. One of the indisputable masters of the instrument has died. In addition to being a musical virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich also was a man of conviction and principle who spent a large portion of his life in political exile for having spoken out against the Soviet regime. There are reports on his life & death in The New York Times and The Guardian today [1] [2].

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you haven't already, you should really head over to Eastman to hear Steven Doane play.

28 April, 2007 09:29  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Thanks for the tip. I actually don't get to Eastman nearly enough!

28 April, 2007 09:46  

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