Fishko Files Published by Fishko Files From the Archives: Rostropovich (Originally Aired: 05/11/2007) Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/62465/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Mstislav Rostropovich was a rare combination: powerful conductor; courageous dissident; musical activist; but first he was a cellist. Shortly after his death in April 2007, Sara Fishko spoke to cellists about his influence.