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Meistersaal Sessions / Vol. 1: Romantic Chamber Music

Marlis Petersen soprano
Freigeist Ensemble
Joolz Gale

The Meistersaal Sessions are a 6-part series of chamber music theme concerts with the Freigeist Ensemble at the legendary Meistersaal Berlin, conducted by Joolz Gale. The series starts with arrangements of Schönberg, Strauss and Mahler. In collaboration with British photographer Gavin Evans, these club-concert sessions come live from the legendary Meistersaal Berlin, known historically as the “big hall by the Berlin Wall”. Its art-deco building is the current home of Emil Berliner Studios (audio partner for this project) and steeped in many decades of musical history.

Each of the four sessions in this album feature one musical work that represents the roots of Freigeist Ensemble’s oeuvre. Linking the musical worlds of Berlin and Vienna, these early compositions by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg are all featured in a chamber music format.


Mahler: Totenfeier (Arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Joolz Gale); Schönberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9; Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op. 27: No. 1, Ruhe, meine Seele! (Arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Joolz Gale); Mädchenblumenlieder, Op. 22 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble by Eberhard Kloke): I. Kornblumen; II. Mohnblumen; III. Efeu; IV. Wasserrose

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PCM Stereo
Total running time
62 mins