Things I saved when they knocked down Piatigorsky’s house

Lovely piece in the LA Times today by a reporter who rushed round to the house earlier this year just as the wreckers moved in.

The great cellist died in 1976, his chess-playing wife in 2012.

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  • Piatigorsky is a giant among few in cello’s history. What a shame, almost 40 years after his death, that his 1714 ‘Batta’ and 1725 ‘Baudiot’ Stradivari cellos languish with his children. Had he known his precious instruments would not be played in public for four decades, he surely would have decided their fate differently. What a travesty. Anyone know why the children ceaselessly hang on to the cellos?

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