Vassili Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1
Vassili Kalinnikov composed his First Symphony shortly after resigning from his post as the second conductor of the Italian Opera in Moscow. He resigned due to health issues, and then moved to the warmer climate of Yalta in the South Crimea, where he composed the symphony. Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 was the biggest success of his career, loaded with memorable melodies with an orchestration that evokes Tchaikovksy.