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Mstislav Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich

Conductor

Known throughout the classical music world as Slava - the Russian diminutive meaning "glory" - Mstislav Rostropovich was not only a maestro but also a courageous defender of human rights. He remained loyal to the composers Prokofiev and Shostakovich, when they fell out of favour with the Soviet authorities, and went into exile from the Soviet Union in 1974 after his refusal to dissociate himself from the dissident novelist, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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 Obituary, Mstislav Rostropovich

The great Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor has died aged 80.

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