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A Favourite Gramophone Record of Sholokhov

A gramophone record of old Cossack songs “Sing in the Garden, Nightingale” and “Out of the Forest” performed by the chorus of the collective farms from the Vyoshensky District of the Azov-Chernomorsky Territory, made in 1936 by “Gramplasttrest” was one of the favourites in Sholokhov’s family. In the writer’s house, in the 1930-s, a gramophone held a place of honour.

Mikhail Alexandrovich took the most active part in organizing the Vyoshensky chorus, unique at that time. The chorus was established in the summer of 1934. The singers performed with a great success in Millerovo, in the Gorky Drama Theatre of Rostov-on-Don, and in 1936, Sholokhov’s countrymen performed Cossack songs in Moscow, in the Bolshoi Theatre.

The chorus was directed by Arsenty Anikeyevich Ovcharov, a Cossack of Ternovskoy Village. 60 Cossack men and women from Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya, from Antipovsky, Dudarevsky, Ternovskoy, Olshansky and other villages performed in the chorus.

On our site you can hear the singing of the Cossacks of the Vyoshensky District recorded by “Gramplasttrest” 76 years ago. The record was made by the Noginsk factory. The Catalogue number is 3225-3226.

Serghei Gribanov