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
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 11