Well, some people think so, although its very hard to define "the best". Itzhak Perlman's teacher Ivan Galamain thought Rabin was "the best" he ever taught and that ought to say something. But hearing is believing. Rabin's life was tragically cut short in 1972 at age 32, but we are fortunate to have many of his seminal performances on record. The recording quality varies (some are even in mono), but OMG, what playing! The Paganini Caprices left me in tears. His playing is characterized by passion, tenderness, power, charm and a virtuoso technique that was flawless. His phrasing was totally innate and like Sinatra's, often imitated but never duplicated because some things simply cannot be taught. Yes, I realize everyone says Heifitz was "the one". But not for me. Heifitz was certainly a marvel technically, but the emotional side never came through so transparently, with such purity, as it does with Rabin's playing. Fortunately, there are more superb violinists today than there are stars in the heavens, so why should anyone bother listening to the playing of a guy who died nearly 50 years ago? Because when you do, you'll understand what all other violinists are aspiring to be. EMI has had this set available for years although it has now been renamed and has new cover graphics. Thank goodness it continues to be marketed. These are legendary performances by a truly legendary player.