!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: Mstislav Rostropovich RIP

Friday, April 27, 2007

Mstislav Rostropovich RIP

Rostropovich as a teacher:
If you asked him 'what fingering should I do here?' or 'how should I hold the bow here?', he'd say something like 'I don't care! Play with your feet if you want! Do what you want — but play the music.' So I guess with [Janos] Starker I learned the rules, then with Rostropovich I learned how to break them! When you make recordings it can be very difficult to bring something new to the music if it's been recorded many times before. What I learned from Rostropovich was to express what I thought, and not just to do something different for the sake of it.
                                                        – Maria Kliegel

(Source: www.naxos.com)


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