Rabin / The Magic Bow / Slatkin – Reviewed in 2010


This original Capitol record with Michael Rabin is ONE OF THE VERY BEST VIOLIN RECORDINGS we have ever played here at Better Records. The sound is OUT OF THIS WORLD! The immediacy of the violin tone is unbelievable — Rabin is in the room with you throughout the entirety of the record in a way that few recordings in our experience could hope to equal.

What more can we say, other than the music is every bit as good as the sound. If you love the Classical Romantic period, and who doesn’t, these selections will have you in a world of sound and music rarely matched by anything but the best in live performance.

Another TAS List Oversight

This is another record that is not on the TAS List, but would certainly take top honors in a head to head shootout with any of the violin works to be found there.

“The Paganini Moto Perpetuo on this disc was recorded in one take. The story goes that the engineer wanted to get sound levels. Rabin started the Paganini and immediately everyone realized it was something special and within a fraction of a second conductor, orchestra and soloist were as one. It was decided to issue the take for its perfection and sheer driving pace. As one listens to it, it is indeed one of those great moments in the recording history of the violin – thank you, Michael Rabin.”


Side One

Kreisler – Caprice Viennois
Dinicu-Heifetz – Hora Staccato
Massenet – Meditation “Thais”
Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen

Side Two

Paganini / Kreisler – Moto Perpetuo
Brandl – Kreisler – The Old Refrain
Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bee
Saint-Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

AMG Biography

Michael Rabin 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 such as Pinchas Zukerman, with whom he shared a teacher.

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