On June 15, 1994, Mstislav Rostropovich spoke at a National Press Club
luncheon. The retiring music director of the National Symphony Orchestra
shared his view of current conditions in Russia based on his personal
experience before his exile and during a recent visit. The descriptions
of his departure in 1974 and his return after the fall of communism were
particularly emotional. Maestro Rostropovich has made it clear that he
intends to remain a global figure, and even in his "retirement" has
arranged a busy schedule with many trips and performances.
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