The last representative of the human way of making art. A great
personality who left us a tremendous message of life. I wonder
who is going to be next. Will there be? I have a feeling that
they are all gone.
We will miss you
- Rodrigo Andrade
Silveira (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do
Brazilian cellist who attended Juilliard School of
Music and had the opportunity of meeting the Maestro twice.
am very sorry about Maestro Rostropovich's death. It is a great
loss for the musical life of the world and for me personally
and my people.
I had the privilege to meet him for the first time in 1988 in
Puerto Rico and then again in Guatemala in 1997, and both times
were a great experience that I can never forget. For me, the
Maestro was a great inspiration, both as musican and as a man.
We, the cellists of the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra with our
Professor Eduardo Ortiz Lara, feel really sad about his passing.
We are sure that Maestro has a very special place in the firmament
With all our love...
- Ricardo del Carmen
Cellist & Musical Director / GUATEMALA SYMPHONY
was nothing less than a celebration of the human spirit through
On one occasion in 1997, I met Slava as he was preparing for
a performance of the Dvorak Concerto for the next night with
the Toledo Symphony (OH). After a brief conversation, I asked
him why he was practicing 'Schelomo.' His answer..."I play
Dvorak in my sleep. I play Schelomo next week!!"
How lucky are all of the heavenly bodies to hear him now.
Dona Nobis Pacem-Slava.
- Alan M. Smith (Bowling
Green, Ohio USA)
Prof. of Cello, College of Musical Arts / Bowling Green State
TERRITORIOS POMARROSA DE MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH
Hoy vi la pena recostarse en una cuerda vibrante
de alegría en medio de tu fiesta en gloria
y de inmediato reproduje el arco floreciente que inventó
Juan Sebastián en alborozada complicidad
con Joseph y Luigi
sé de tus pasos de desesperado guardián
de los estandartes de los sonidos que se detienen
en el umbral de cada uno de los corazones de invierno que
hacen de tu andar violonchelo pedazos de pan de azaleas
para el cultivo de las sonrisas que se asoman
por los ventanales de tu batuta de grandeza amor y libertad
para lograr que toda lágrima se vuelva cenicienta de
en espera de los remolinares del brillo que tus impulsos
han dejado en el camino que algún día todos los
podrán transitar detrás de unas banderas aún
y unas canciones que invocarán certeras los días
de los himnos
que estarán obligados a levantar miradas para que metales
y percusión acudan en vuelo de doncella apamate
a festejar los días que no pudo quebrar la furia de los
que no saben del paso del viento por los atriles de
la esperanza que tú has querido convertir
en concierto mayor y sinfonía de todos los registros
Hoy Mstislav eres
simplemente Slava la gloria in excelsis deus
en furia de todas las maneras de decir que la música
como panteón de eternidades ni espacio de llanto sino
como vendaval de augurios consagración de todas las celebraciones
de los hombres que hacen de la vida una ofrenda diaria
para la comunión con los cantos llamados
a construir el mundo pomarrosa del mañana
en los territorios Rostropovich donde no tienen cabida
los muros del despojo de la aspiración tuna y rosa de
los hombres que aguardan por la vida.
Ofrenda Musical / inédito (27-04-07) Caracas / Distrito
historiador de lo actual, docente-investigador de la Universidad
Central de Venezuela
I was deeply
saddened to hear of Maestro Rostropovich passing. His music
is what drew many of us to him. But it was his beautiful spirit
that kept us engaged. You will be sorely missed "Slava".
- Charles Sykes
Aurora, Colorado USA
Admirer and fan
great man appeared in Salt Lake City a few years ago and performed
the Dvorak Cello Concerto, more beautifully than anyone should
play on this earth. He graciously gave two encores and as the
audience stood, many, as I, openly weeping, he gave one of those
Russian bear hugs to a child who approached him with flowers.
The glory of those hours are among the most cherished of my
life. Farewell, dear Maestro!
- Marilyn Moore
Orem, Utah USA
Admirer and fan
I once talked
to the cellist, Rostropovich, after a concert in Boston (sometime
between 1977 and 1981, complimenting his playing. He asked me
if I played an instrument. I said I played clarinet and bassoon
for my enjoyment, but, while the notes were there, it didn't
sound like music. His reply was, "If you practiced as much
as I did, you would sound good." Simply writing the words
does not convey the kindness and gentleness of his mentoring
in that conversation. There is truth in what he said that has
stayed with me long after those words were spoken.
- J. S. Shipman
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts USA
Admirer and fan
about JS Shipman:
I am a botanist with professional musicians in the family. I
like cello and enjoy going to concerts. I still play clarinet
and guitar from time to time. I have volunteered as a cantor
for a number of years and was asked to do it. My voice is timid
but on pitch. It encourages others to sing. I like to rent the
other apartment in my building to musicians, especially mandolin
players, because I love to hear them practice. My passion in
life is to educate people, especially non-scientists, about
global sustainability: Read-about-it.blogspot.com is my blog.
One of the finest
musician the world has ever seen.He was the torch bearer of
classical music in Russia.
- Jaywant Naidu
Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh INDIA
Naidu: I perform North Indian classical music on Hawaiian Slide
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.