Music Matters Special

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As Madrid's opera house reopens after a seventy-year closure, Ivan Hewett visits the Spanish capital to sample the musical scene in all its diversity, from the golden age of Spanish music to the latest flamenco fusion.

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Live from Johannesburg.

Now that apartheid is over, how is the South African musical scene changing? What are the new songs of the townships, and can those bastions of white music - the orchestras and opera houses - survive? Ivan Hewett debates these issues with leading figures on the South African music scene, including a government minister for the arts.

With contributions from Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Quartet, and live music from the SDASA Chorale.