Music posts

The best classical CDs of 2017

by Judi Mitchell

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 classical CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Vol.II by Slava Grigoryan

Following the extraordinary success of the multiple-aw…

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The best pop CDs of 2017

by Kelsey Oldham

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 pop CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Jen Cloher by Jen Cloher

Australian music goddess Jen Cloher’s newest LP is an impeccable set of tight, heartf…

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Gerard Elson on the importance of The Damage Report

by Gerard Elson

You have to admit, it’s a crazy idea.

Beginning February 25, 2016, Zo Damage, Melburnian gig photographer extraordinaire, would photograph at least one live band per calendar entry over the next year. For obvious reasons, the endeavour came to be known as the 365 Day Project. Four days later, when Damage and her Canon EOS-1 were primely positioned at a Golden Girls gig at the Northcote Social Cl…

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Celebrate Ausmusic Month at Readings St Kilda

To celebrate Ausmusic Month, we’ve arranged a host of fantastic Australian artists to perform live every Saturday in November. Each performance kicks off at 2pm at our St Kilda shop and is free to attend. So drop by and enjoy some local talent in an intimate setting. Below is our schedule for who’s playing each week. Saturday 4 November: Justin Bernasconi

Justin Bernasconi’s music straddle…

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Classical music recommendations & our fabulous box-set sale

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS Richard Strauss by Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton

‘Recently, while perusing the shelves at Readings, I was thrilled to discover young British soprano Louise Alder’s debut Strauss recording. My excitement was twofold: I recognised her as an acquaintance from my year studying at the Royal College in London and could not wait to hear her beautiful voice once again; and…

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This month’s recommendations for classical music fans

RECOMMENDED NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 by Jayson Gillham, MSO and Benjamin Northey

‘I love discovering new (but old and forgotten) composers and their long-neglected compositions. Everyone knows Rachmaninoff, his famous piano concertos (the second of which is on this album) and symphonic works. However, one of his closest friends, N…

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Vale Dr G Yunupingu

Indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu has died in Royal Darwin Hospital at age 46, following a long battle with illness. The late artist’s stirring, soulful music has made an impact on so many of us within the Readings community, and we are deeply saddened by his passing.

Blind from birth, the Yolngu man from the Gumatj clan grew up in the remote community of Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island. He received…

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This month’s recommendations for classical music fans

Suite Cubed: Bach and Beyond by Umberto Clerici

‘Cellist Umberto Clerici wondered how eighteenth-century audiences listened to J.S. Bach’s cello suites, and what they heard and recognised in the music. Although Bach’s solo cello suites are variations of dance forms, he did not write them for dancing. Audiences perhaps experienced an emotional connection to the ‘stylisations’ of each dance, an…

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Join us for two free bookshop gigs at Readings St Kilda

Stop by our St Kilda shop this month to enjoy two FREE in-store performances from some of our favourite musicians.

On Saturday 8 July, local talent Dave Graney and Clare Moore will be joined by Stu Thomas to play songs from their new album, Let’s Get Tight.

Let’s Get Tight was recorded and mixed at Graney and Moore’s studio in the hills of Melbourne, the Ponderosa. Graney sings, plays elect…

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This month’s recommendations for classical music fans

RECOMMENDED NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell by Emerson String Quartet

‘At first glance, you might think Purcell and Britten have nothing in common bar their English origin. However, when you dig deeper you find that Britten was somewhat of a fanboy of Purcell and frequently looked to his predecessor (by over 200 years) for inspiration. With this in …

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