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Mstislav Rostropovich: Lord of the Cello  Citizen of the World  Great Conductor  Great Man

FAREWELL, MAESTRO!
1927-2007

AND A GREAT CONDUCTOR as well. Photos courtesy of CAMI


We invite you to revisit this, our tribute to the then living icon of music - Mstislav Rostropovich, Slava! to his friends, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. For your beautiful music and for all your cultural and humanitarian contributions to the world - THANK YOU, MAESTRO! And FAREWELL.

A MILESTONE

A thankful musical world celebrated this milestone year (1997) in the Maestro's life. FanFaire was fortunate to have attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra's concert celebration last spring. The concert marked the world premier of a work entitled "Chanson for Cello and Orchestra" composed as a birthday gift to Rostropovich by the young American composer Augusta Read Thomas and conducted by BSO's Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Rostropovich in turn honored the composer by playing the solo cello part. This work is one of the latest additions to an ever growing list of first performances played and/or conducted by Rostropovich - more than 60 composers make up the list that glitters with such illustrious names as Britten and Bernstein, Kachaturian and Prokokiev, Schnittke and Shostakovich (click HERE for partial listing).

This year also marked the release on compact disc of the "authorized" edition of his pre-1974 Soviet performances, heretofore unheard in the West. Comprising 13 CDs, the set issued through EMI, contains government recordings of his concert performances made without his consent before his expulsion from the Soviet Union. The works in the set were specially selected by him, and includes works by non-Russian composers; but especially noteworthy are the recordings of first performances of cello works written for Rostropovich himself by such great composers as Britten, Prokokiev and Shostakovich as well as by lesser known Russian composers whose works he seeks to promote today. The set, accompanied by a booklet containing commentary by Rostropovich in his own words constitute a unique historical record of Soviet musical life in that era.

Background music clip is from Ludwig von Beethoven, Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No.2, for Cello and Piano, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Sviatoslav Richter (piano) (1963, 1967); Beethoven: Complete Music for Cello and Piano; Philips D206206 (442 566-2), Philips Classics Productions 1994.

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