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Discussion in 'Pianists' started by techneut, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Sad news that Msistlav Rostropovich died just after celebrating his 80th birthday. Not only was he the greatest cellist ever, he was also a great conductor and a consummate pianist who regularly accompanied his wife Galina Vishnevskaya in Rachmaninov songs and thought nothing of tossing off large chunks of Rachmaninov concertos when called for. A close friend and drinking buddy of some of the 20th century's greatest composers (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Britten), his death seems to mark the end of an era.
    Rest in peace, Slava.
     
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    my radio station played his music all day yesterday.
     
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    Yes, same here. It is rarely that the death of a classical musician makes it to the news headlines, which must be a measure of his greatness.
     
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    ...never heard of him :x
     
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    Where have you been then ? :shock: What Richter was to the piano, Rostropovich was to the cello - and much more.
     
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    Sadly, I do not listen to much Cello oreintated music. But I have heard of Yo-Yo Ma before! :roll:

    I should take a look on amazon and see what I can find for Rostropovich.
     

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