Michael Rabin: Collection, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Violinist Michael Rabin is one of many artists whose career was cut tragically short by an early death. Even before he died at the age of 35, Rabin ended his studio recording career in 1959 for unknown reasons and began to display an assortment of both physical and mental maladies, including a crippling fear of falling from the stage. In a cruel twist of irony, it was, in fact, a fall -- though not from a stage -- that was to end his life. Billed as the greatest young violinist since Heifetz, Rabin in his prime possessed a deeply sultry tone, impeccable bow technique, pristine intonation superior even to Heifetz, and intensely passionate interpretations of both the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Violinist Michael Rabin is one of many artists whose career was cut tragically short by an early death. Even before he died at the age of 35, Rabin ended his studio recording career in 1959 for unknown reasons and began to display an assortment of both physical and mental maladies, including a crippling fear of falling from the stage. In a cruel twist of irony, it was, in fact, a fall -- though not from a stage -- that was to end his life. Billed as the greatest young violinist since Heifetz, Rabin in his prime possessed a deeply sultry tone, impeccable bow technique, pristine intonation superior even to Heifetz, and intensely passionate interpretations of both the standard repertoire as well as modern works. This third volume of the Michael Rabin Collection features two discs filled with live performances of both cornerstone repertoire such as the Tchaikovsky and Glazunov concertos, commissioned works notably the Creston "Second Violin Concerto", and a series of short, concert show pieces. Though Rabin's technique was said to have declined by the 1960s, but evidence of this is not to be found in this collection. His Tchaikovsky concerto in particular is not only technically brilliant, but emotionally engaging from start to finish. The short works recorded for the Bell Telephone Hour and on an Australian tour including three of the Paganini "Caprices" for which he is especially admired do not have the best sound quality, they still demonstrate Rabin's incredible skill and meticulous playing. Perhaps the rarest and most gripping performance on the set is Creston's "Second Violin Concerto," which Rabin had the privilege of commissioning. Here again, sound quality from both orchestra and soloist is a bit one-dimensional and lacking in depth, but Rabin's musical intentions are still quite clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Doremi Records
  • UPC: 723721455354
  • Catalog Number: 7970
  • Sales rank: 162,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Michael Rabin (25:27)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 - Alexander Glazunov & Michael Rabin (19:54)
  3. 5–7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Michael Rabin (31:28)
  4. 6 Caprice for solo violin in E major ("The Hunt"), Op. 1/9, MS 25/9 - Niccolò Paganini & Michael Rabin (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sea-Shell for violin & piano - Carl Engel & Michael Rabin (2:55)
  2. 2 Sweet Remembrance, arrangement for violin & piano (after Mendelssohn's Song without Words, Op. 19/1) - Jascha Heifetz & Felix Mendelssohn (2:55)
  3. 3 The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: March - Jascha Heifetz & Sergey Prokofiev (1:38)
  4. 4 Caprice d'après l'etude en forme de Valse de Camille Saint-Saëns, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 52 - Eugène Ysaÿe & Camille Saint-Saëns (6:22)
  5. 5 Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Michael Rabin (5:20)
  6. 6 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Michael Rabin (8:57)
  7. 7 Caprice for solo violin in A major (Amoroso), Op. 1/21, MS 25/21 - Niccolò Paganini & Michael Rabin (3:07)
  8. 8 Caprice for solo violin in C major (Andante-Presto-Tempo I), Op. 1/11, MS 25/11 - Niccolò Paganini & Michael Rabin (3:41)
  9. 9 Caprice for solo violin in G minor (Presto), Op. 1/16, MS 25/16 - Niccolò Paganini & Michael Rabin (1:44)
  10. 10 Etude for piano in D flat major, Op. 8/10 - Alexander Scriabin & Michael Rabin (1:54)
  11. 11 Alt Wien (Wienerisch), arrangement for violin & piano (after Godowsky) - Leopold Godowsky & Jascha Heifetz (2:35)
  12. 12 Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3 - Fritz Kreisler & Michael Rabin (3:22)
  13. 13 Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Michael Rabin (8:52)
  14. 14 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: 10. Chant d'automne - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Michael Rabin (2:07)
  15. 15–17 Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 78 - Paul Creston & Michael Rabin (24:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Rabin Primary Artist
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