Russia Remembers Rostropovich

by | 29 April 2007

Renowned Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was buried in Moscow today.

Mr Rostropovich, known for his tireless defence of human rights during the Soviet era, was buried at the city's Novodevichye cemetery, where the first democratically elected Russian president Boris Yeltsin was laid to rest earlier this week.

The widow of Mr Yeltsin was among those attending an earlier funeral service for Mr Rostropovich at Moscow's Church of Christ Saviour, where a ceremony to remember the former head of state was also held on Wednesday.

Celebrated musician Mr Rostropovich died on Friday at the age of 80 following a battle with intestinal cancer.

Serving Russian president Vladimir Putin was among thousands of mourners who yesterday filed past his open coffin at the Moscow Conservatory, where Mr Rostropovich once studied.

Mr Putin has described the cellist's death as a" huge loss" for Russian culture.

Meanwhile the wife of French president Jacques Chirac and Spain's Queen Sofia were among dignitaries attending today's funeral, Russian news agencies reported.

Mr Rostropovich, who played a Bach suite below the Berlin Wall as it was being pulled down in 1989, fled his homeland and went to live in the West in the mid 1970s having sparked anger within the former Soviet regime as a result of his support for dissidents such as Nobel Prize winner and writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The cellist, who subsequently had his Soviet citizenship revoked, was finally able to return to Russia to perform after it was restored in 1990 by then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

29/04/2007 13:43:46


Tags: Queen - Alexander


More Queen

Queen, Adam Lambert Blast Off With Bombastic Tour Opener

Queen and Adam Lambert have managed to ace the nerve-wracking first night of their tour in North America, rocking Chicago's United Center to its foundations...

Roger Taylor's 'The Queen Extravaganza' Announce 14 Date Uk Tour For September 2014

Following the resounding success of the recent North American tours and a pending tour of Europe, The Queen Extravaganza will rock 14 cities across the...

Queen & Adam Lambert Video

The teaser video for Queen featuring Adam Lambert's upcoming tour has now been unveiled, upping the already intense excitement for the show series which they...

Queen Bee: The Top Five Biggest Selling British Albums

With Queen's 'Greatest Hits' album now reaching the landmark 6 million sales in Britain, the album is now the biggest selling album of all time...


Queen's 'Greatest Hit' Is First Ever Album To Sell 6 Million Copies In UK

Queen have made history in the UK this past week.The British rock band have reached a milestone that no other musical act has before.Queen have...

John Deacon Rules Out Any Involvement In Freddie Mercury Biopic

Former Queen bassist John Deacon is apparently having nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the group's late singer Freddie Mercury as he continues...

Brian May Teases Possible 'New' Queen Album After New Demos Are Found

Its been more than two decades since the passing of Freddie Mercury, but before his tragic passing, the powerful Queen vocalist may have spent more...

Brian May - Nothing Really Has Changed Video

Queen guitarist Brian May and West End star Kerry Ellis collaborate once again on a cover of wildlife activist Virginia McKenna's song 'Nothing Really Has...



Queen Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Queen

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All