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Mstislav Rostropovich Died at 80

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MOSCOW: Legendary Russian cellist and emblem of resistance to the Soviet system Mstislav Rostropovich died yesterday, aged 80. He died in hospital today,” his spokeswoman said. He had been ill for some time and had been receiving treatment at a Moscow cancer clinic. He was born in Baku and studied in Moscow under celebrated composers Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. He then had a glittering international career, much of it spent abroad after he was persecuted, then expelled in 1974 by the Soviet authorities. Rostropovich was considered one of the greatest cellists of all time. His exploration of the tonal range of the instrument was unrivalled and he collaborated with some of the 20th century’s finest composers. [AFP]

April 28, 2007 Posted by | News Related | Leave a comment