Friday 17 June 2011

When Ben met Slava

An excellent article by John Bridcut in today's Guardian recalls the close relationship between Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten.  Britten wrote a number of pieces for Rostropovich, including the Cello Symphony of 1963, and a chance discovery of film from the work's first performance leads Bridcut into a description of the bond between the two men.  Most excitingly of all, Bridcut mentions his new film on the cellist, entitled Rostropovich: Genius of the Cello, due to be screened at the Aldeburgh Festival on June 21st.  The film will be broadcast on BBC4 as part of a special cello evening, though information conflicts as to when:  The Guardian says this Autumn; Bridcut's website states July.  Either way, I can't wait.

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