March 27, 1927, Baku, Azerbaijan – April 27, 2007
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He is considered by many to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. In addition to his outstanding interpretations and technique, he was well known for both inspiring and commissioning new works, which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since.
J. S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 1