Rostropovich – The Genius Of The Cello (1 x ) – In a special Cello Night, BBC Four celebrates one of the orchestra’s most charismatic instruments. No one has done more for the cello than Mstislav Rostropovich, or “Slava”, as he was widely known. As well as being arguably the greatest cellist of the 20th century, he expanded and enriched the cello repertoire by the sheer force of his artistry and his personality. Composers lined up to write works for him.
In Rostropovich – The Genius Of The Cello by John Bridcut, friends, family and former pupils explore the unique talents of this great Russian artist, and listen to and watch him making music.
Contributors include his widow, Galina Vishnevskaya, and their daughters Olga and Elena; eminent conductors Seiji Ozawa and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky; and cellists who attended his famous classes in Moscow: Natalya Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Moray Welsh, Elizabeth Wilson and Karine Georgian. The film traces the development of Rostropovich’s international career amid the political tensions of the final years of the Soviet Union.
Producer: ITN Factual
TX: Spring / Summer 2011
Source: BBC Press Office