20080209Lucy Duran examines the music of Azerbaijan.
On the shores of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan borders Iran, Armenia, Russia and Georgia and its musical traditions have influenced the area for centuries.
Although, with its plentiful oil and gas, the country is growing quickly, the old songs of the Ashig troubadours and the art music of the virtuosic Mugham performers are still going strong.
20080216Lucy Duran concludes a series of programmes on the music of Azerbaijan.
Lucy records Azerbaijan's most successful musician, the Mugham singer Alim Qasimov; visits the extraordinary natural gas fires of Yanar Dag, and listens to traditional music in the contemporary context of a noisy wedding party.