From Library Journal
The dynamic personalities of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya bring these conversations strikingly to life, even in translation 12 years after their original publication in French. Married only four days after meeting, supreme cellist and conductor Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya, opera singer and prima donna of the Bolshoi, personify the ultimate mesh of two brilliant musical personalities. A journalist, critic, and music director of Radio France, Samuel has added a new preface describing the couple's 1990 return to Russia after 16 years of exile. While he does not cover the most recent part of their lives, Samuel does present an excellent portrait of the couple; his conversational talents drew out their provocative thoughts on artistic abilities, icons, Solzhenitsyn, musical interpretation, confidence, religion, composers, Russia, women conductors, instruments, and politics. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French