Misha Elman “Raisins and Almonds” Goldfaden

“Raisins and Almonds”

Raisins and Almonds is a Jewish lullaby by Abraham Goldfaden.  It is well known among European Jews (Ashkenazim).  Many singers and instrumentalists have recorded it.

Misha Elman (1891-1967)

A Russian Jewish violinist.  He is one of the great violinists of the 20th century.  Elman studied violin with the great Leopold Auer who taught many of the great violinists of the 20th century.  Misha Elman’s playing was celebrated for its rich, sensuous, expressive tone.

Joseph Seiger

Joseph Seiger was Misha Elman’s piano accompanist for the last 15 years of Elman’s life.  He also played with other great violinists, including Henryk Szeryng and Ruggiero Ricci.

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