from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Rostropovich, Mstislav Leopoldovich 1927-2007. Russian cellist and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1977-1994).


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  • Joan Sutherland played the role of the mother in the 1995 Australian folk film "Dad and Dave: On Our Selection," and Galina Vishnevskaya, the great Bolshoi soprano and wife of the late Mstislav Rostropovich, played a determined Russian grandmother going to visit her grandson fighting in the Chechen war in Aleksandr Sokurov's critically acclaimed 2007 film "Alexandra."

    Sure, they can sing (opera), but can they act?

  • His intense and personal touch may hearken back to Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist-conductor of great personal warmth, if sometimes erratic technique, whose tenure from 1977 to 1994 represents the NSO's glory years.

    Can Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra give each other a fresh start?

  • A one-time pupil of Pablo Casals, Perényi has a warm, big-boned, springy tone and brings expressive variety to Britten's Suite No 3 Op 87 1971, written in a matter of days for his friend Rostropovich.

    Miklós Perényi: Britten, Bach, Ligeti

  • Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1948, the son of Ukrainian Jewish parents, he managed to shine at the Moscow Conservatory in the 1960s, at a time when resident giants included composer Dmitri Shostakovich, violinist David Oistrakh and his own teacher, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

    The Third Life of a 'Half-Amateur'

  • Much of this is to do with the tireless brilliance of the late Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

    TV highlights 07/10/2011

  • I love Rostropovich and the National Symphony (DG) if you can find it, but Bernstein's recording with the New York Philahrmonic (CBS) is one of the most famous.

    Albert Imperato: A Morning Concert, A Revolution in Egypt

  • A week before the inauguration of Ronald Reagan, Mstislav Rostropovich told Jimmy Carter that the American people had made a mistake in the presidential election of 1980, just as the masses in Europe had erred in rejecting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, La Traviata, and Tosca.

    Glenn C. Altschuler: Jimmy Carter's Last Campaign

  • In Moscow his associates included prominent musicians such as the violinist David Oistrakh and the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

    The Passenger; Don Giovanni; Faust – review

  • He studied with the late Rostropovich, who made the greatest impact on me; like Rostropovich, Maisky's playing is all about the heart and the soul.

    The artist's artist: cellists

  • Rostropovich called the cello "a hero in our times" and you can hear that same philosophy in Maisky's playing.

    The artist's artist: cellists


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