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Michael Rabin

Post by Peter Schenkman » Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:40 am

Michael Rabin an old friend and colleague, 1936-1972 was one of the tragedies of the violin world, the following, might be of interest.

Radio broadcast of July 22 on WNYC, the local public radio station in New York.

http://www.wnyc.org/arts/fishko/index.html

click the link under "Michael Rabin Biography"

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Post by Peter Schenkman » Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:01 am

Details on the book, not included in my original post are:

Michael Rabin: America's Virtuoso Violinist
Author: Anthony Feinstein, Amadeus Press

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Post by Auntie Lynn » Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:52 pm

I attended a number of his recitals and after one, I went backstage to get his autograph and invited him out for a drink - but then, I don't kiss and tell...ask anybody...

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Post by Lance » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:41 pm

Auntie Lynn wrote:I attended a number of his recitals and after one, I went backstage to get his autograph and invited him out for a drink - but then, I don't kiss and tell...ask anybody...
Yes, I heard that you don't kiss and tell! :lol: So, when do I get mine?

And were you impressed with Mr. Rabin?
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Post by oisfetz » Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:43 am

Aunti: did you get his autograph?. Any signed Rabin is worth us 200 at the least. All are rare, as Neveu, Ferras Bobescu or Hassid (if a Hassid appears on auction, I think 500 to begin)

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Post by aurora » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:32 am

EMI will apparently be re-releasing their 6 CD Michael Rabin collection in October. I got mine used a while back for a reasonable price but lately this set was getting to be quite the hot-commodity on E-bay

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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:40 am

aurora wrote:EMI will apparently be re-releasing their 6 CD Michael Rabin collection in October. I got mine used a while back for a reasonable price but lately this set was getting to be quite the hot-commodity on E-bay
I wish book publishers would do that, i.e., when the 2nd hand price gets to be astronomical, reissue. I can think of half a dozen titles Herr Direktor is looking for that reissue would benefit his pocketbook greatly.
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Post by oisfetz » Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:07 pm

Today on Ebay on auction. Ends in hour and half. At the moment, 21 bids,
us 193.00

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Post by Auntie Lynn » Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:04 am

Actually, I felt kinda sorry for the guy. He sounded great but he did not look good. He looked like all he ever did was play the violin. I thought he "needed to get out more often..." I would never sell his autograph, I'm not that sort...always felt bad about what happened to him.

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:48 am

Why don't they just have Pink Martini play arrangements of some of the Divertimenti, and make a clean job of it?
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Post by Lance » Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:04 am

oisfetz wrote:Today on Ebay on auction. Ends in hour and half. At the moment, 21 bids,
us 193.00
Well, I'm not going to complain. I got my 6-CD copy in a mall store near Atlanta, Ga. for about $50 some years ago. For those interested, the catalogue number is EMI 64123.

There were three other EMI CDissues:
1) 63660 - Strings by Starlight
2) 64560 - Paganini: 24 Caprices
3) 67020 - Mosaics with pianist Leon Pommers

Don't forget about Columbia/Sony's Rabin's "The Early Years" (Debut Recordings) on the Heritage series: 60894, which I purchased in Washington, D. C. in July of 1999 whilst checking out the Tower Records store with Corlyss. Remember those days, Lyss?
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Post by CharmNewton » Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:03 pm

Lance wrote: Well, I'm not going to complain. I got my 6-CD copy in a mall store near Atlanta, Ga. for about $50 some years ago. For those interested, the catalogue number is EMI 64123.

There were three other EMI CDissues:
1) 63660 - Strings by Starlight
2) 64560 - Paganini: 24 Caprices
3) 67020 - Mosaics with pianist Leon Pommers
When this set was first issued on CD it was criticized (I believe in Fanfare) for not obtaining the finest source material from EMI or Capitol (it was produced by Electrola). The Paganini Caprices are in mono (they have been available on LP in stereo from Capitol and Seraphim) and perhaps could have been better mastered, although I cannot comment on this point as much of this material I've never seen in its original form.

It will be interesting to see if the re-issued recordings are an improvement. Rabin is one of my favorite violinists. I only wish he had made more recordings, but it was a different time. Maybe Capitol/EMI have some approved but unreleased items.

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Post by oisfetz » Sun Jul 31, 2005 7:00 am

Today on Ebay on auction complete 6 CD set. Ends 6 days time.First bid 9,90
You can buy it directly for only 500 :shock: :shock:

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