HD-Vinyl 96/24 (Melodiya/EMI) Sergei Rachmaninov – The Bells (Kondrashin)

Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
This recording of Rachmaninov’s The Bells is excellent. An admirer had suggested Rachmaninov set Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Bells, to music. Poe’s poem dealt with four important life experiences as expressed in the sounds of different bells (silver – youth, gold – marriage, brass – war, iron – mourning). Rachmaninov set them as a four-movement choral piece, wonderfully capturing the different sounds and moods.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Aleksei Bolshakov, Mikhail Dovenman, Ivan Kozlovsky, Yelizaveta Shumskaya
Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin, Israel Gusman
Vinyl (1963)

Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Melodiya/EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 1.07GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


  The Bells – Based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe
A1 Allegro ma non troppo 6:25
A2 Lento 10:00
A3 Presto 7:35
B1 Lento Lugubre 10:23
  Early Songs
B2 The Dream 3:52
B3 O Do Not Sing Again 5:30
B4 Spring Waters 2:38
B5 By My Window 2:40
B6 How Fair This Spot 2:52


Analyzed folder: /96k Rachmaninov – The Bells – Kondrashin
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -2.18 dB     -18.84 dB     A1 Allegro Ma Non Troppo.aif
DR12        -3.12 dB     -20.57 dB     A2 Lento.aif
DR11        -0.68 dB     -17.64 dB     B1 Lento Lugubre.aif
DR11        -1.40 dB     -16.54 dB     B1 Presto.aif
DR11        -3.13 dB     -19.78 dB     B2 The Dream.aif
DR12        -1.63 dB     -19.76 dB     B3 O Do Not Sing Again.aif
DR10        -4.05 dB     -17.26 dB     B4 Spring Waters.aif
DR11        -5.59 dB     -20.85 dB     B5 By My Window.aif
DR12        -5.79 dB     -22.78 dB     B6 How Fair This Spot.aif
Number of files:    9
Official DR value:    DR11


  • Baritone Vocals – Aleksei Bolshakov
  • Chorus – RSFSR Russian Chorus*
  • Conductor – Kiril Kondrashin
  • Orchestra – Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (tracks: Moscow Philharmonic)
  • Producer, Engineer – Aleksander Grosman
  • Soprano Vocals – Елизавета Шумская (tracks: Yelizaveta Shumskaya)
  • Tenor Vocals – Mikhail Dovenman, Ivan Kozlovsky
  • Orchestra –Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Conductor –Israel Gusman

Ripping Info


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
My rips are almost rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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