_Performers – Rabin

Rabin / The Magic Bow / Slatkin – Reviewed in 2010

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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. (more…)

Paganini & Wieniawski / Concerto No.1 & Con. No. 2 – Rabin – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame

WONDERFUL MUSIC AND SOUND ON SIDE ONE, plus quiet vinyl! This copy gives you precisely the right balance of clarity and sweetness we were looking for in the sound of the violin. Beyond that, the orchestra also sounds amazing here — so RICH and FULL-BODIED. We found the sound of this side one Hard To Fault and I bet you will too. In fact, I guarantee it — or your money back! This record puts most of the TAS Super Discs to shame, and it’s on a budget reissue label. Hey Harry, how about them apples!? 

Side two is decent but a bit too dark. The best music is on side one, so it’s not a huge loss. It’ll also show you just how exceptional this side one is! (more…)

Paganini / Concerto No. 1 / Rabin / Goossens – Reviewed in 2011

More of the music of Niccolò Paganini

Concerto No. 1 / Rabin / Goossens

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame

This is a rare and very nice looking Capitol LP with Very Little Sign of Play (VLSOP). The violin sounds rich and sweet, although the orchestral sound is a bit old school. (more…)