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The First Radioproduction of “Virgin Soil Upturned” Has Turned Half a Century

07.12.2011

Early in December, 1961, the All-Union Radio broadcasted a two-hour radioproduction of the novel by M.A. Sholokhov “Virgin Soil Upturned” (scripted by V. Grishayev).

The radio performance was listened to with great interest by the whole great country, the Soviet Union. The Upper Don radio listeners were especially impressed. Again Sholokhov captivated his country fellows with his great truth of the eyewitness writer.

The performance was directed by Igor Iliyinskiy. The cast was composed of the actors from the Mossovet Theatre, Mayakovskiy Theatre, Maly Theatre. The author’s narration was delivered by Mikhail Uliyanov, the actor of the Vakhtangov Theatre. The music for the radioproduction was made by a composer R. Lednyov.

The press responded favourably, the newspaper “Vechernyaya Moskva” published a very warm article “Virgin Soil Upturned” is on the Air” (November, 21, 1961).

In 1963 “Virgin Soil Upturned” was staged in the Rostov M. Gorkiy Drama Theatre, later the Rostov regional television company broadcasted the performance from the theatre. Then the performances were shown in Bulgaria, German Democratic Republic, Japan.

S. Gribanov