Festival sheds light on Sergei Prokofiev's personality


Sergei Prokofiev is one of the 20th Century's greatest and most popular composers.

Yet, he remains an enigma as a person in his decision to renounce the artistic freedom of Paris and return home to to live in Stalin's Soviet Union.

A festival of his music is now taking place at London's Southbank Centre and poses the question: Was Prokofiev a Man of the People?

Alexander Kan, Culture Editor, of the BBC's Russian Service, reports.

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