Conducted by Alexander Koshetz. Introduced by students at the Kiev University in 1916. Ukrainian New Year's carol, bound to be sung during the local equivalent of Epiphany (New Year in the Julian calendar). A swallow heralds the imminent return of spring.
Robert Shaw Chorale [as Carol Of The Bells with lyrics by Peter Wilhousky and as such a Christmas carol since]
Hugo Winterhalter [idem]
Harry Simeone Chorale [idem]
Wayne King [idem]
Rockapella [in film Home Alone]
Destiny's Child [as Opera Of The Bells]
Pink Martini [using the original title]
Katie Melua [as The Little Swallow]
Also by Andy Williams, the Wiener Sängerknaben and Metallica.