Since a young boy, I've always been enthralled with the sound of Michael Rabin's violin tone.
As a young adult, I came to know and love the playing of the great Czech violinist Jan Kubelik. Then I heard later that Rabin and Kubelik concertized on the same violin.
The great Hungarian violinist Ference Vecsey stated that he bought a Guarnerius that formerly belonged to Kubelik but then switched to a Stradivarius that he kept. Kubelik himself was eventually to settle on the famed 1715 "Emperor" Strad that was inherited by his son Raphael, the conductor.
I understand that Kyung Wha Chung plays a Guarnerius known as the "ex-Kubelik". Is that the same violin Michael Rabin played?
Could it be that we've all been listening to this great violin and didn't even know it?
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