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   Two major theatrical compositions by Khachaturian were written in the 1940s and 50s: six scenes of musical movements from "Widow from Valencia", the comedy by Lope de Vega, the democracy of which was very close to the composer, and music to Lermontov's drama, Masquerade, considered Khachaturian's best.  The most musically important in the drama is the waltz.  Before Khachaturian, Alexander Gladuzov wrote music to the same play, but there was no waltz (the genre Lermontov mentioned many times in his play).
   Suites from both plays became popular in symphonic programs.
   Veronica Dudarova, Chief Conductor and for many years and Artistic Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, USSR People's Artist and RSFSR Glinka prize winner, is well known to music lovers.  A graduate of the conducting departments of the theoretical and composing faculty of the Moscow Conservatory, she is one of the outstanding representatives of Russian musical art.
   Under V. Dudarova, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra has demonstrated high performing standards during its many tours abroad.

A. Khachaturian
(1903 - 1978)

    La Viuda Valenciana
    (Widow from Valencia)
    Suite from music to Love de Vega's play
1. Introduction - 4:05
2. Serenade - 5:22
3. Song - 3:35
4. Humorous Song - 3:39
5. Intermezzo - 5:24
6. Dance - 2:37

    Suite from music to M. Lermontov's drama
7. Waltz - 4:48
8. Nocturne - 5:09
9. Mazurda - 2:32
10. Romance - 4:08
11. Galop - 2:42

             Total time - 44:01

Solo violin, Alexander Detisov
The Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Conductor, Veronica Dudarova

Cover Painting by M. Chagall