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April 28, 2007 |
Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor considered by many to be one of the finest virtuosos of his instrument in the last half of the 20th century, has died. He was 80. Rostropovich, who became a global political figure in the 1960s after the Soviet Union stripped him of his citizenship for protesting the government's suppression of the arts, suffered from intestinal cancer. After initially being hospitalized in Paris, where he had a home, he returned to Russia in February.
April 28, 2007 |
It is easy to know where to begin with Mstislav Rostropovich. He made his debut in 1940, at 13, playing Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1. Thirteen years later, he recorded the concerto with a dutiful Soviet orchestra from the All-Union Radio. The score is moderately lightweight, especially in comparison to the spiritually rich music Prokofiev and Shostakovich had already written for this remarkable young musician, still in his 20s.
March 28, 2007 |
Feeble but clearly pleased, Mstislav Rostropovich came to the Kremlin on Tuesday evening for a gala celebration marking the 80th birthday of a man renowned for his music and his human rights work. Rostropovich, who had been hospitalized in February for an undisclosed illness, walked slowly into the celebration on the arms of his wife, Galina Vishnyevsakaya, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
March 8, 2007 |
Famed Russian cellist and renowned conductor Mstislav Rostropovich has been discharged from a Moscow hospital, a Russian news agency reported Wednesday. He was released Tuesday and now "feels well," his press secretary, Natalia Dolezhal, was quoted by Interfax as saying. Rostropovich, 79, was hospitalized last month for unspecified reasons -- first in Paris and then in Moscow.
April 22, 2005 |
Korean cellist Han-Na Chang was 11 in 1994 when she won not only first prize but the contemporary music prize at the fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris. It was her interest in music of our time that led her to bracket Bach with works by Ligeti and Britten on Wednesday in her stunning solo recital debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
March 21, 2005 |
Prokofiev and Shostakovich, like Mozart and Haydn, can be seen as opposite sides of a single coin. Prokofiev is the cool, hard-edged, objective composer; Shostakovich, the anguished personal conscience of his time. But occasionally, Prokofiev let the mask slip, as he did in the Sinfonia Concertante, the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Philharmonic program Saturday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.