Friday, 17 April 2009

Sons of violinists

Readers in my age bracket will remember "The Man From Uncle" and "77 Sunset Strip". These TV series featured respectively David McCallum and Efrem Zimbalist jr. Both men are still acting today, but I think it's fair to say that they made their first big impact on TV. (Just as Stephanie Zimbalist, daughter of the second, and Pierce Brosnan did in "Remington Steele", but that's another story.)

David McCallum's father was a violinist not only good enough to lead two or three world-class orchestras, but also to dub the playing of legendary virtuoso Paganini in "The Magic Bow". (Stewart Granger was the on-screen maestro.)

I believe Efrem Zimbalist sr was also a leader (concert-master) at one stage of his career, but was better known as a soloist. What triggered this posting was coming across the blog of Jessica Duchen (led to it by that of John Amis) , and her inclusion of a vintage clip of Zimbalist with Harold Bauer (piano).

jessicamusic is not only a feast of writing on music (I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't noticed Ms Duchen's by-line in the Indy before, but I shall look out for it in future) but is also a treasure-chest of links to other music sites.

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