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Album: Charles Ramirez, Rodrigo (Signum Classics)

Guitar virtuoso Charles Ramirez is on supple, sensitive form on this collection of Rodrigo suites, accompanied on the "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, before closing with the solo piece "Elogio de la guitarra".

Five dead in Spain military academy blast

An accidental explosion at a Spanish military academy killed five people and wounded three today, the Defence Ministry said.

Mohamed Diame plays down 'boring Wigan' comments

Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame has expressed disbelief at the storm that has blown up around comments he made about the town in the French media.

Spain's master of haute couture makes final bow

The grandfather of Spanish fashion, 81-year-old Elio Berhanyer, has become the latest victim of the country's ailing economy. The veteran designer, a survivor of Spain's bygone era of haute couture who once dressed Ava Gardner and Cyd Charisse, was forced to close his Madrid atelier this month after a year of sluggish sales. His employees reportedly had not received their wages since September.

Xuefei Yang, Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez (EMI Classics)

Virtually blind by then, Joaquin Rodrigo could not believe that the Chinese girl who had just made her Madrid debut with his "Invocacion y danza" was aged just 14 at the time. And no wonder: now fully grown, Xuefei Yang's touch throughout this programme of Spanish pieces is stunning, with nimble fingering of trills and runs, and subtly emotional phrasing in the slower passages.

Goya's hill saved from developers

Environmentalists battling to save a popular green ridge in old Madrid depicted in Francisco de Goya's painting La Pradera de San Isidro have won a reprieve from development.

The Hedonist: Madrid

What to see and where to be seen

Donald looking to add to Madrid win

After finally ending more than four years without a win, Luke Donald hopes to make it two in eight days at this week's Wales Open. The 32-year-old, now the fourth English player in the world's top nine after his victory at the Madrid Masters, will be the highest-ranked player on show at Celtic Manor.

Mourinho to be unveiled at Madrid on Monday after £7m compensation deal

Real Madrid have confirmed Jose Mourinho will be unveiled as their new coach on Monday after agreeing compensation with Internazionale.

Real in top form to tackle Lyons

Real Madrid will attempt to put themselves in a position to end five years of Champions League disappointment tonight when they take on Lyons in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Stade Gerland.

Real Madrid shrug off humiliating cup exit

Coach Manuel Pellegrini remains confident this will be a good season for Real Madrid despite their embarrassing Copa del Rey exit at the hands of minnows Alcorcon.

Alcorcon realistic after Real thrashing

Alcorcon may be boasting a huge advantage after the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie with mighty Real Madrid, but the Segunda Division B side's goalkeeper Juanma insists they are not thinking the tie is already over.

Rhiannon Harries: If we throw away our things, we lose a small part of ourselves

Forget flagellating oneself with birch twigs, maintaining yogic contortions for hours in the midday heat or even going without sex – asceticism 21st century-style is more of a trendy lifestyle choice than any hardcore spiritual endeavour.

The Guernica Tapestry, Whitechapel Gallery, London

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