Michael Rabin : Mosaics

Michael Rabin : Mosaics


Works by Chopin, Wieniawski, Mompou, Scriabin, Debussy, Sarasate, Elgar, Engel, Ravel and Prokofiev

Michael Rabin, violin and Leon Pommers, piano

Capitol SP 8506

Testament Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) :
A1 - Nocturne, Op. 27
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) :
A2 - Caprice in A minor
Frederic Mompou (1893-1987) :
A3 - Jeunes filles au jardin
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) :
A4 - Etude in Thirds
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) :
A5 - La plus que lente
Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908) :
A6 - Habanera
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) :
B1 - La Capricieuse
Carl Engel (1883-1944) :
B2 - Sea-Shell
Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) :
B3 - Zapsteado
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) :
B4 - Piece en forme de habanera
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) :
B5 - March (Love for Three Oranges)
Josef Suk (1874-1935) :
B6 - Burleska

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 demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI 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.