Amsterdam wasn’t just “the human joke machine.” He was also an accomplished cellist who sometimes – because of the variety-show nature of the classic TV series – able to showcase his talents from time to time.
And he was good, too. This old, old clip (circa 1949) from the Morey Amsterdam Show demonstrates a bit of his talent as a cellist.
Of course, he was not as good as Christine Walevska, “Goddess of the Cello,” with the English Chamber Orchestra who, in 1972, recorded Cello Concerto No. 1 in C (Hob. VIIB:1) for the Decca label. Edo de Waart is the conductor. Today, some 40 years later, I’m Continue reading