Mstislav Rostropovich: 1927 - 2007

His charismatic intensity and flawless play made him famous; his defense of fellow Soviet dissidents made him a hero.

"Explain to me, please why in our literature and art so often people absolutely incompetent in this field have the final word. Every man must have the right fearlessly to think independently and express his opinion about what he knows, what he has personally thought about and experienced, and not merely to express with slightly different variations the opinion which has been inculcated in him."

Mstislav Rostropovich

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Cutterer and Pasterer said...

Solzhenitsyn mourns Rostropovich's death

MOSCOW. April 27 (Interfax) - Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn said
the death of renown cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich is a
bitter blow to Russian culture.
"The departure of Mstislav Rostropovich is a bitter blow to our
culture. They [the Soviet authorities] attempted to separate him from it
by force when they deprived him of citizenship thirty years ago," a
statement sent to Interfax by Solzhenitsyn on Friday reads.
"I can testify how it was painful to him. Meanwhile he glorified
Russian culture throughout the world. Farewell, beloved friend!" - the
statement says.