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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6598895.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6598895.stm</a><br><br>
"A master musician, Mr Rostropovich was also renowned for his backing for human rights and opposition to Soviet rule.<br><br>
He spent much of his career abroad, in self-imposed exile from the Soviet Union over his support for Nobel prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.<br><br>
But he returned as communism collapsed and performed a Bach suite as the Berlin Wall came down in 1989."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle"> RIP Maestro
 

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