Andrea del Sarto's 'Portrait of a Young Man' (c1517-18) and 'Study of an Old Woman's Head' (c1529)
©National Gallery & Ashmolean

Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, Frick Collection, New York — ‘Diligence and caution’

An attempt to reclaim the painter from centuries of condescension

The Life of a Song

The record of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’
Despite references to sex and drugs, the Lou Reed tune slipped past the censors and became a hit
Bob Dylan backstage at the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert in 1966 ©Redferns
Bob Dylan’s tumbling, cascading 1965 hit was originally written as a vengeful stream of ‘vomit’ directed at an antagonist
Dean Nolan as Big Bad Wolf in 'Baddies: The Musical'. Photo: Manuel Harlan
©Manuel Harlan

Let’s hear it for theatre’s Baddies

Villains loom large in this season’s fairytale shows

'The Fiery Angel'. Photo: Wilfried Hosl
©Wilfried Hosl

The Fiery Angel, Nationaltheater, Munich — ‘Savage, gripping’

Prokofiev’s psychodrama is performed with frightening commitment

Lauren Mayberry and Chvrches on stage at Alexandra Palace. Photo: Joseph Okpako/Getty
©Joseph Okpako/Getty

Chvrches, Alexandra Palace, London — ‘Muscular, expansive’

The Glasgow trio have bulked up their sound for their live shows

Guitarist Marc Sinan and conductor Andrea Molino. Photo: Filip Zorzor
©Photo: Filip Zorzor

Aghet-Ağıt, Radialsystem V, Berlin — ‘A howl of protest’

Helmut Oehring’s piece about the Armenian genocide was premiered

Patrick Godfrey in 'Here We Go'. Photo: Keith Pattison
©Keith Pattison

Here We Go, National Theatre, London — ‘Haunting, unsettling’

Caryl Churchill’s new drama is a disturbing meditation on death

Leonard Elschenbroich of the Aurora Orchestra. Photo: Felix Broede
©Felix Broede

Tavener, Pärt and Adams, Kings Place, London — ‘Mystical and visceral’

A concert that explored musical minimalism and the divine

Michaël Pomero in 'Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke'. Photo: Anne Van Aerschot
©Anne Van Aerschot

Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke, T2G, Gennevilliers, France — ‘Disconnected’

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s new work is a frustrating experience

Jolyon Coy and Lydia Leonard in ‘Little Eyolf'. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
©Hugo Glendinning

Little Eyolf, Almeida Theatre, London— ‘Harrowing but disjointed’

Richard Eyre’s production of Ibsen’s drama is hit and miss

Sam Bond and Lisa Ellis in ‘Peer Gynt'. Photo: Marina Vidor
©Marina Vidor

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Lang Lang upstaged’

The pianist’s show-off performance was eclipsed by ‘Peer Gynt’