Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Artistry of Michael Rabin

There are two new ways to get to know the wonderful playing of Michael Rabin - a new paperback edition of "Michael Rabin America's Virtuoso Violinist" and also a digital download of "Icon: Michael Rabin Young Genius of the Violin."

Sadly, it has been forty years since his death at age 35. These are both excellent chances to learn more about the violinist.

The book is an interesting look at Rabin, with insights from family, friends and colleagues. This paperback edition follows the original edition by six years and corrects some errors from the first publishing. I recommend reading it, and hope it will be made for digital platforms as well. In the meantime, at just under $18 it is well worth it!

The digital download of the six cd set of Michael Rabin has nothing new from the 1991 EMI Classics set, nor has it been remastered. But the convenience of having all of the great concerto and classical recordings with Rabin so portable, AND at a bargain is a complete no brainer to own. It is also a chance for a younger generation to hear the amazing artistry of Rabin, especially in the Paganini Caprices, Wieniawski's Second Concerto and Engel's Sea Shell.

Neither of these releases are groundbreaking or completely new, but are staples of classical music - especially for those violin lovers - and now easily available, I think you should pick them up before they are not widely available!
-John Clare, KPAC Host of Classical Spotlight

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