Music posts

The best classical CDs of 2016

by Alexandra Mathew

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 2016 here.) Arias by Pumeza Matshikiza

South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one to watch. Her first album Voic

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Entries now open for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards

The annual Melbourne Prize runs on a three-year awards cycle, alternating between books, music and urban sculpture and this year sees the focus return once again to music.

Valued at more than $130,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards is one of the most valuable music prizes in Australia, providing significant opportunities for Victorian musicians across all music genres an…

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Vale Prince

Here some of our staff reflect on how the work of Prince impacted on their lives.

“Happiness is the memory I have of Prince. I was in my late teens and early twenties when he was in the peak of his popularity. Just as Bowie has dominated the 70s, Prince dominated the 80s – ever changing styles and sounds, but always with his fun, sexy, confident signature.

I was 19 when Sign o' The Times was …

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A record that made me sit up and take notice

Tomorrow is Record Store Day and to celebrate we’re offering 20% off vinyl throughout April. Find out more here. Here, our music specialists (and vinyl enthusiasts) each share a record that made them sit up and take notice. Live at Max’s Kansas City by The Velvet Underground

This reissue captures the final, brilliant moments of the Velvets; by this stage they’d cast off the atonal experimen…

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Vale David Bowie

This week, many of our staff were devastated to learn of David Bowie’s passing. Some of them reflect on how his work impacted on their lives.

When I was 13 I was involved in a punch up defending Bowie’s claim to the title of ‘greatest pop icon of our time’. My opponent had declared that said title belonged to Prince. I won the argument but lost the fight.

A master of reinvention and polymath …

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The 25 bestselling CDs at Readings in 2015

Here are our 25 bestselling albums from the past year.

Our top 25 albums of 2015 include some terrific Australian releases, from established favourites such as The Waifs and Paul Kelly, to beguiling new voices such as Indie rocker Courtney Barnett. The 25th anniversary edition of Archie Roach’s 1990 album Charcoal Lane (featuring previously unreleased recordings and new interpretations of the …

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A soundtrack to this year’s best fiction

by Bronte Coates

Pair… Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

With… Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

Because… With its exquisitely crafted, stripped-back prose that leaves utter devastation in its wake, Atticus Lish’s story about the relationship between Zou Lei, an illegal Chinese immigrant and Brad Skinner, an Iraq War veteran, is a stunning debut. The book goes perfectly with Sufjan Stevens' lates…

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The best classical CDs of 2015

by Alexandra Mathew

Here are our top ten classical CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Max Richter: The Blue Notebooks by Max Richter

The Blue Notebooks, a tenth anniversary rerelease of Max Richter’s second album, is breathtaking. Richter cites Sigur Rós as an influence, evident in the meditative ‘Horizon Variations’. This, along with tracks such as ‘Written on the…

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The best pop CDs of 2015

by Fiona Hardy

Here are our top ten pop CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff. Displayed in no particular order.

I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty

J. Tillman’s newest album has emotion writ large enough to fill every corner of the room, and broad, gorgeous music to match. Shot through with his merry-peculiar tales, shucked off his shoulders like a jacket with pockets full of stories for u…

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Six must-read music books

Our head book buyer Alison Huber recommends six terrific non-fiction books about music. How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-Leading Writers edited by Marc Woodworth and Ally Jane Grossan

This is an invaluable text for all those who have ever dreamed of getting their music writing published and a pleasure for everyon…

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