*** “Khachaturian’s early suite The Valencian Widow is probably his first major score, brimming over with striking tunes as it is, one is surprised it has not been discovered before this. … [Loris] Tjeknavorian and his orchestra play this music with great spirit and they relish its Armenian flavours.” — Penguin Guide
“Khachaturian’s incidental music for The Widow of Valencia is a real find and one wonders why it has not appeared before . … Altogether this is a most winning suite, without a dull bar, piquantly scored and brilliantly presented by an orchestra who are completely at home and clearly enjoying themselves.” — Gramophone
Loris Tjeknavorian has received international acclaim for his dramatice recordings of repertoire both familiar and rare – particularly his thrilling, idiomatic recordings of Aram Khachaturian’s orchestral works. Alto is pleased to return these sought-after recordings, originally released by ASV, to general availability.
 Caucasian Dance 4:04  Uzbek Dance 8:54 Suite: The Battle of Stalingrad (1949)
 City on the Volga 1:47  Invasion 1:30  Stalingrad on Fire 4:31  Battle for the Motherland 3:18  Forward into Victory 2:49  There is a Crag on the Volga 1:46 Recorded in Aram Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan, Armenia, in 1991 (1-5), 1993 (6-11, 14-19) and 1995 (12-13). Producer / Balance Engineer: Brian B. Culverhouse Remastered for alto by Paul Arden-Taylor, Dinmore Records.