Mstislav Rostropovich, the renowned Russian cellist and conductor, was born in Baku on 27 March 1927. His world fame was initially for the vibrant qualities of his cello playing, and especially in performances of the concertos written for him by Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, and then Benjamin Britten. Yet this part of his life has long been overshadowed by his vigorous conducting career in the concert hall and opera house. He died in Moscow on 27 April 2007.
CD Spotlight. Original Soloists - Shostakovich concertos, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... high-powered music-making ...'
CD Spotlight. Great Performances - Dvorák's Cello and Piano Concertos, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... it's a pleasure to hear Mstislav Rostropovich at this early stage of his career ...'
Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh mourns the passing of the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich