Multi-million Euro Stradivari cello steals the show at Italian National Day reception in Riga

  • 2017-06-14
  • Michael Mustillo
The Italian Embassy’s Italian National Day reception in Riga at the palatial Latvian National Gallery at the commencement of June was an event of grand majestic elegance, fanfare and lavish visual appeal having the hallmarks of one of the masterpieces of the great Italian movie director, Franco Zeffirelli. It was a visually extravagant smorgasbord, theatrically decadent and magnificently staged: a multi-million Euro 1689 Antonio Stradivari, Archintus cello, performed by the Latvian international cellist Maxim Beitan, single prawns served in crystal glasses, Latvia’s leading choi...
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