I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Elman-Mischa1Mischa (Mikhail Saulovich) Elman (January 20, 1891 – April 5, 1967) was a Russian violinist, famed for his passionate style and beautiful tone.

Elman’s recorded legacy spanned more than six decades. His first 78 rpm discs were made for Pathe, in Paris, in 1906; his final LP sessions were for Vanguard, in New York, in 1967. The greater part of his discography was recorded for HMV and Victor, with whom he had an exclusive relationship through 1950. Thereafter, he recorded for Decca/London and later the Vanguard label. Regrettably, Elman’s discs have never been reissued on CD in a systematic manner (whereas almost every recording which his contemporary Jascha Heifetz made has been readily available on CD for years).