With this disc the Russian Symphonic Cappella and the Russian State Symphony under Valery Polyansky continue to bring to light the major choral-orchestral works of the Russian repertoire (see also A51, A62, A63, and A66). On this recording they present Rachmaninoff’s cantata “The Bells”, a vivid and brilliantly scored setting for soloists, chorus and orchestra of K. Balmont’s Russian translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. As always, the performance is technically on a high level that does justice to the music. Those familiar with Rachmaninoff’s sacred choral works--the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the All-Night Vigil (Vespers)--will find this music to be entirely different in nature, however: dramatic, clangorous, and very secular in every respect. Lovers of Rachmaninoff’s symphonic works, on the other hand, will find The Bells (coupled on this recording with the Symphonic Dances) to be a listening delight. Notes are given in E, F, and G, and the texts are in R, E, F, and G.--V. M.