Rostropovich To Boycott Russia
Mar. 12, 1999
MOSCOW (AP) _ Infuriated by a scathing review, Mstislav Rostropovich has declared he will never play in Russia again.
``Now it is over,'' the cellist said in an interview in the weekly Vek, published Friday. ``I will give concerts only where people want to hear me and find pleasure in this, not where they say that I am a `has-been.'''
The 71-year-old musician _ who performs frequently, generally to adoring audiences _ said he was stunned by a critic's review of a concert he gave in Moscow in December in honor of author Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Rostropovich left the Soviet Union in 1974 and was stripped of his citizenship four years later. He returned to support reforms in 1991 and has spent much of his time in Russia since then.