March 27, 2017

Happy birthday Rostropovich! The Cellist of the Century would have been 90 today

Valery Gergiev, Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon and Slava's pianist daughter pay tribute in this exclusive video.

Today 27 March, music-lovers around the world celebrate 90 years since the birth of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007), the greatest cellist of our time. Warner Classics pays homage with the deluxe collectors’ box set Cellist of the Century, comprising 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a book.

Fully remastered live and studio recordings spanning more than three centuries of music - from Slava's beloved Bach Cello Suites to his iconic Dvořák Cello Concerto to recent works written for him - are complemented by a never-before-released audio interview and a 200-page hardback book full of information, insight and rarely-seen photographs.

"This box represents a big part of his life and it’s very beautifully done with a lot of love from the people who made it."-Elena Rostropovich

In this special short film, cellists Steven Isserlis and Gautier Capuçon, maestro Valery Gergiev, composer Krzsyzstof Penderecki and Slava's daughter Elena pay tribute to the legendary cellist, sharing personal memories.