2 - Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello

No one has done more for the cello than Mstislav Rostropovich, or ‘Slava’ as he was affectionately known.  As well as being arguably the greatest cellist of the twentieth century, he expanded and enriched the cello repertoire by the sheer force of his artistry and his personality.  Composers lined up to write more than 100 works specially for him.  In this film 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; the 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.

Crux Productions Limited
ITN Productions
United Kingdom
Directed by
John Bridcut
Vaughan Matthews
90 minutes
Festival Awards
Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Award