Rostropovich’s ‘Duport’ Strad Was the Beneficiary of New Ideas, Clients, and Materials

By Andrew Dipper In 1711, the year that Antonio Stradivari built the “Duport” cello, Cremona had suffered 11 years of the effects of the War of the Spanish Succession. The death of Charles II, King of Spain, in 1700 and the politically motivated choice of Phillip Duke of Anjou, the grandson of Louis XIV, as … Continue reading Rostropovich’s ‘Duport’ Strad Was the Beneficiary of New Ideas, Clients, and Materials