Vasily Kalinnikov is a composer that I'm extremely fond of. The most frustrating thing about that is his output is rather small; Two Symphonies (both excellent), the orchestral music on this disc, plus (I think) another five orchestral works, some piano music, and some vocal and choral music. If he hadn't died so very young (shortly before his 35th birthday) there would have surely have been a wealth of colorful and richly crafted works to be cherished. He was a Russian Nationalist composer in spirit, and I do so love that whole (slightly earlier) school of composers (Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin...) very much. Kalinnikov remained in poverty for his entire life (He was to attend the Moscow Conservatory but could not afford the tuition fees for example) He played violin, bassoon and timpani in local orchestras and made a meager amount of money as a music copyist. Tchaikovsky admired Kalinnikov and warmly recommended Kalinnikov to be the director of the Maly Theater, and later that same year to the Moscow Italian Theater. But due to his worsening health, Kalinnikov had to resign from his theater appointments and move to the warmer southern clime of the Crimea. He lived in Yalta for the rest of his tragically short and fragile life.