Michael Rabin : The Magic Bow

Works by Paganini, Kreisler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Dinicu, Massenet, Sarasate

Michael Rabin, violin with Felix Slatkin conducting the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra

Capitol SP 8510

Testament Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) :
    A1 - Caprice Viennois
    Grigoras Ionica Dinicu (1889-1949) & Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) :
    A2 - Hora Staccato
    Jules Massenet (1842-1912) :
    A3 - Meditation From Thais
    Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) :
    A4 - Zigeunerweisen
    Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) & Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) : 
    B1 - Moto Perpetuo
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) :
    B2 - The Old Refrain
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) & Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) :
    B3 - The Flight Of The Bumble Bee
    Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) :
    B4 - Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso

    Michael Rabin (1936 - 1972) managed to be one of the most talented and tragic violin virtuosi of his generation. Hailed as a child prodigy, his talent matured gracefully into an adult level, but he failed to follow in his emotional growth, resulting in a cutting short of his career. He never reached the age of 36, yet remains one of the most fondly remembered of virtuoso violinists for listeners and fellow musicians. Michael Rabin played the "Kubelik" Guarnerius del Gesu of 1735.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demontrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.

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