Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.
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December 11, 2012 The soprano, whose life unfolded with more tragic and triumphant twists and turns than any opera plot was celebrated for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.
From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.
November 15, 2012 Cellist Matt Haimovitz was raised on a strict diet of classical music. Somewhere along the way his tastes broadened considerably. Hear an eclectic mix of music — from Nina Simone to Mstislav Rostropovich — as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.
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Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.
February 1, 2012 Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.
Zuill Bailey sneaked into a front row seat -- and got the concert of his young life.
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September 21, 2010 The cellist recalls how sneaking into a first-row seat at a concert by Mstislav Rostropovich forever changed his view of music's role in our lives.
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An engraving of Franz Schubert, a year before he wrote his famed String Quintet in C.
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August 18, 2009 In this bittersweet music, Schubert added an extra cello to the standard string quartet, and in the process created a completely new sound for a small string ensemble. Hear a performance that deeply probes Schubert's personal brand of lyrical melancholy.
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March 3, 2009 Mstislav Rostropovich defined for his era the art and technique of playing the cello. His performance of Dvorak's stirring Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic remains one of classical music's most lauded recordings.
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April 28, 2008 He was a conductor, an activist, and a public figure in the world of classical music. But before all that, Mstislav Rostropovich captivated the world with his cello. Sara Fishko talks to leading cellists about "Slava" and his legacy.
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April 27, 2007 The cellist Yo Yo Ma looks back at the life of master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who died Friday at 80 at a Moscow hospital. Ma credits Rostopovich for invigorating the cello repertoire, both as a performer and through dozens of new works commissioned from great composers.
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April 27, 2007 Mstislav Rostropovich left his mark both on the world of classical music and the musicians he played with. Music commentator Miles Hoffman played under Rostropovich for seven years. He tells Steve Inskeep that the maestro's hands were notable for more than their ability to work the cello.
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April 27, 2007 Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, who courageously fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall, died Friday in Moscow. He was 80.
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