What's New: Cellist Of The Century

Jul 25, 2017

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and conductor Toyama Yuzo
Credit RIA Novosti archive

Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the great cellists of all time. Over 100 works were written for him by composers as diverse as Krzysztof Penderecki, Olivier Messiaen, Lukas Foss, and Leonard Bernstein. We’ll hear gems with “Slava,” Rostropovich’s nickname that translates as “glory,” from a set of complete recordings on Warner Classics: Mstislav Rostropovich – Cellist of the Century on today’s What’s New.

Russian conductor, pianist, and one of the best-known cellists of the 20th century, Mstislav Rostropovich, was beloved around the world. Here is a set of interviews with Elena Rostropovich (Mstislav's pianist daughter), Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maestro Valery Gergiev, Alain Lanceron (president, Warner Classics) marking 90 years since Rostropovich's birth and ten years since his death.