Detail of reliefs and mosaics by William Mitchell, Harlow, Essex (1963)
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Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, Somerset House, London

A new show documents England’s postwar boom in public sculpture

The Life of a Song

'Good Times' vinyl record
Chic’s last-gasp salute to disco was inspired by the Great Depression and the Harlem Renaissance
Kurt Cobain performing in Seattle in 1993 ©Getty
The Nirvana tune whose idea germinated from a graffito has outlived the grunge era and been widely covered
Jared McNeill and Carole Karemera in Peter Brook’s ‘Battlefield’. Photo: Donald Cooper
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Battlefield, Young Vic, London — ‘Remarkable grace’

Peter Brook co-directs this meditation on war and its aftermath

Dada Masilo’s 'Swan Lake'. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu
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Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake, Joyce Theater, New York — ‘Bold’

The South African choreographer’s version reveals hidden layers

Renée Fleming with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Mark Allan/BBC
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Renée Fleming, Barbican, London — ‘Adventurous’

Fleming’s voice soared — whenever the music allowed

Antonio Pappano. Photo: Clive Barda
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The Mighty Handful, Royal Opera House, London — ‘A fiery sound’

A stormy but uneven programme of music by five Russian composers

Viktorina Kapitonova and Alexander Jones in ‘Swan Lake’. Photo: Carlos Quezada
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Swan Lake, Opernhaus Zurich — ‘Triumphant’

Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘reconstruction’ is an overwhelming success

From left, Dennis Herdman, Rachael Stirling and Jessica Baglow in ‘The Winter’s Tale’. Photo: Marc Brenner
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The Winter’s Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London — ‘Lovely, delicate’

Michel Longhurst’s production makes eloquent use of light

Paris Opera Ballet in Jerome Robbins' 'Goldberg Variations'. Photo: Benoîte Fanton
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Bel/Millepied/ Robbins, Palais Garnier, Paris

This triple bill followed Benjamin Millepied’s resignation announcement

Mariana Sadovska with the Kronos Quartet. Photo: Evan Neff
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Kronos Quartet Explorer Series, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco — ‘Diverse and bracing’

The foursome celebrated the string quartet and its possibilities

Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall. Photo: Simon Jay Price
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Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, London — ‘A voice in a million’

The German singer’s recital was one of the season’s highlights

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