During the Cold War, one of the few ways that a dissent could be heard from within the Soviet Union was through the voice of prominent, famous musicians – musicians who only spoke through their instruments and their music, like Shostakovitch.
Mistislav Rostropovich was one of the last remaining individuals from these tumultuous times. Individuals like this truly show the connection between music, politics, and human culture. Music is, as Michael Tilson Thomas is fond of stating, a snapshot of how people see themselves through the annals of history. Mistislav’s passing is met with sadness, and much reverence.