Thallein Ensemble – ‘Aria Cuntata and the Low Miracles (2022) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

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Thallein Ensemble – ‘Aria Cuntata and the Low Miracles (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:04:06 minutes | 695 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Birmingham Record Company

“‘Aria Cuntata and the Low Miracles” was a concert event that took place at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November 2021 to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Wolters. It was hosted by drag character ‘Aria Cuntata, whose name is made up of two Italian words: aria refers to a solo vocal piece with orchestral accompaniment, while cuntata is the past participle of the old Italian cuntare meaning to tell (a story).Michael Wolters performed as ‘Aria Cuntata, singing, lip-syncing and telling stories. The whole project was created around the theme of “fake news”, blending music and stories to explore our past and present through a queer lens while investigating gender, racial and socio-economic imbalance in our cultural history. A key aspect of the show was an exploration of more accessible performance formats for contemporary classical music. With a queer, holistic view, every performance element was contextualised to create an event that allowed access to those who might traditionally feel left out of art music concerts. Musically, Wolters looked back over some of his key ensemble works from a range of past projects and selected a number of pieces that he felt deserved another context and a new line-up.

This new release contains new music and newly arranged music from the show written mostly by Wolters, but also including works from young composers Kunling Liu, Luke Harrison, Poor Northern (aka Paul Norman) and Difficult Listening. The music offers alternative cutting-edge takes on established musical genres to create an engaging and thought-provoking event.

In addition to The Low Miracles the album features Wolters’ There are more of them than us – a Queer Concerto for 9 Saxophones and Orchestra, a work for large forces that builds aspects of queering into its music – from planned accidents in traditional Baroque performance to its exuberant and over-the-top finale.


1-1. Thallein Ensemble – Overture [After Telemann] (02:42)
1-2. Thallein Ensemble – Shapes Between Shapes (05:11)
1-3. Suzie Purkiss – No. 1, Ich liebe die Natur (01:12)
1-4. Suzie Purkiss – Music for Keeping Dogs Calm or for Dogs To Enjoy (06:49)
1-5. Suzie Purkiss – Regentrude (04:10)
1-6. Suzie Purkiss – No. 2, Adler (01:03)
1-7. Suzie Purkiss – No. 3, Dormagen (After J.S. Bach) (01:50)
1-8. Thallein Ensemble – Interlude (From “Ismène”) (00:52)
1-9. Suzie Purkiss – No. 4, Kegeltour (01:14)
1-10. Suzie Purkiss – Rondeau (From “Ismène”) (03:36)
1-11. Suzie Purkiss – Antigone, Antigone (From “Ismène”) (03:08)
1-12. Thallein Ensemble – Hamburg Port Bulk Handling (05:17)
1-13. Thallein Ensemble – Gulf Stream {From “Das Ende des Golfstroms”) (05:30)
1-14. Suzie Purkiss – Become Invisible (From “Das Ende des Golfstroms”) (04:04)
1-15. Suzie Purkiss – You’re All Kunst (Arr. P. Norman & M. Wolters for Voice & Ensemble) (02:56)
1-16. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra – I. Largo [Live] (02:32)
1-17. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra – II. Sequence [Live] (01:41)
1-18. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra – III. Trio [Live] (02:59)
1-19. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra – IV. Polka with Choreography [Live] (01:59)
1-20. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra – V. Vivace [Live] (05:11)



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