The Customs House, By Andrew Motion. Faber & Faber, £12.99

We need to renew the language of remembrance. Even before state-funded commemorations of the First World War begin in 2014, a year of solemn preludes looms. Factor in the political push for exit from the EU, and on the national stage the warmer, more inclusive climate of the Olympic season may yield to a backward-looking, introspective mood: a chilling cult of the dead and the past.

Album: Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart, Road to Palios (Bella Union)

Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart are best known as guitarist and violinist, respectively, in Joanna Newsom's Ys Street Band, adding delicate tracery and texture to her serpentine songs.

Adele's and Schubert's songs are 'remarkably similar,' according to Bafta-winning composer Howard Goodall

Adele's music owes a debt to Franz Schubert according to new BBC show analysing music 'from the Stone Age to the Digital Age'

Composer Howard Goodall, who has written and presented the show, says he wants to 'show a straight line that runs through to the present day'

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Homeland, Sun, Channel 4

An hour of The Thick of It and not an oath that didn't come fenced by quotation marks.

The Fairy Queen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

When Glyndebourne invited Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown to realise Purcell’s ‘semi-opera’ The Fairy Queen, it was with slight trepidation, as they had no idea how this amalgam of Purcell’s music and filletings from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream would go down.

London Symphony Orchestra / Gergiev, Barbican Hall, London

One bar into this timely celebration of his work and the composer's identity could not be in doubt.

Album: Ysaÿe, Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, opus 27 – Tai Murray (Harmonia Mundi)

Eugène Ysaÿe's 1924 sonatas anticipate the memorial beauty of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Suites for Unaccompanied Violin by three years and the desolate fury of Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin by two decades.

Problems pile up for libertine Tom in Scottish Opera's dashing <i>Rake's Progress</i>

The Rake's Progress, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Stravinsky's morality tale is given a spirited and purposeful reading by singers and orchestra alike

1. Indigo Lace Drum Lampshade, Heal's, £62.

Know your lace: Because it's not just for doilies and dresses...

1. Indigo Lace Drum Lampshade

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Heresy Of Love

Enjoy a two-course meal in the RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, followed by a performance in the Swan Theatre for just £30 per person

Tolomeo (James Laing) with Achilla (Jonathan Best) in a serious, simple production of Giulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare, Grand Theatre, Leeds
Prokofiev: Man of the People? Royal Festival Hall, London

This serious, simple production of Handel's opera is strong on storytelling and character, but suffers from musical hiccups

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Rubens and Britain, Tate Britain, London

In 1629, Rubens came to London to negotiate a treaty between England and Spain; that done, he was knighted by Charles I and arose as Sir Peter Paul.

Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel

A drawing by Rembrandt, valued at $250,000 (£152,000) has been stolen from a hotel in California.

The Roman Forum, By David Watkin

Unlike the previous 15 volumes in Profile's excellent "Wonders of the World" series, this learned but lively book explores a site that "can be baffling, ugly and frustrating".

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