“Carol of the Bells” was based on a pre-Christian, traditional, winter folk chant from Ukraine. Originally intended to be an a cappella presentation for a four voiced choir, the “Carol of the Bells” did not reach western ears until 1921 when the Ukrainian National Chorus toured Europe and the Americas. Its first recording in its present sense as a Christmas song came with the Robert Shaw Choral’s rendition of the song in 1946.
The video shows the principal ‘cellist on this arrangement: Steven Sharp Nelson. The song appears on The Piano Guys’ 2013 release of “A Family Christmas.” The CD peaked this season on the Top 200 Albums chart at #20 and on the Classical Albums chart at #23.