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A cellist legend

I mourn the loss of one of the greatest cellist today. He was truly a musician of the highest caliber, tackling the most difficult music with amazing emotion. This collection is a fantastic way to here the cello sing at its best. May Rostropovich rest in peace.

Rostropovich Virtuoso

Today a genius died. But unlike many other deceased people Rostropovich lives forever. He lives for ever for his spirit is in the music that we listen to. This album is a major salute to the virtuosity that is Rostropovich.

Slava Rostropovich... One of 40 Immortal Members of French Academy...

His virtuosity needs no words... His legacy: Mstislav Rostropovich is recognized internationally as a consummate musician and an outspoken defender of human rights. Widely considered to be the world's greatest cellist, he has recorded virtually the entire repertoire and has inspired many of this era's finest composers to create works especially for him. He was Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra for 17 seasons and enjoys special relationships as conductor with such widely varied orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, Japan, and the Vienna Philharmonic. As pianist, Maestro Rostropovich has often accompanied his wife, the acclaimed soprano, Galina Vishnevskaya, in recital, and together they have toured the globe. Maestro Rostropovich holds over 40 honorary degrees and 25 different nations have lavished more than 90 major awards upon him, including Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France, membership in the Academy of Arts of the French Institute, often called the "Forty Immortals," the Japan Art Association's Praemium Imperiale, and, from the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Kennedy Center Honors of 1992. Prior to leaving the USSR on an exit visa, he had received the Stalin Prize, had been named a People's Artist of the USSR and was a recipient of the Lenin Prize, the nation's highest honor. His tireless work as a defender of human rights includes his courageous defense of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and his trip to Moscow in August 1991 - unheralded, visa-less, at great risk to his life and freedom - to join those in the Russian White House resisting the attempted coup. For his support of the democratic forces during the aborted coup he was recently presented with the State Prize of Russia. He has received numerous awards for his efforts on behalf of human rights, among them the 1974 Annual Award of the International League of Human Rights.

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  • $49.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 22, 2007

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