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John von Rhein has a nice obituary of Mstislav Rostropovich, the great cellist who passed away Friday. His 1995 recording of Bach's cello suites got me interested in classical music, and I can't imagine a better gateway into the genre.*  Here's a video (embedding is unfortunately disabled) of the prelude to Suite No. 1, which appears to be taken from the recording sessions. You might recognize it from TV ads run by one of the local hospitals.

* Well, perhaps the reasonably priced 3-disc set of Glenn Gould's 1955 and 1981 recordings of the Goldberg Variations, A State of Wonder. Don't be turned off by the corny name and packaging, it's actually great.

Update: WFMT 98.7 is preempting some of its weekend programming to play Rostropovich recordings (as a cellist and conductor). Peter Whorf's blog has videos of him performing and audio interviews. (h/t Benjamin)