University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra – [2000] Also Sprach Zarathustra

Essential live recording of an essential classic. Quiet listening conditions apply 😉

Image credit: own work, based on Public Domain painting (1918) by Max Liebermann

For us free music enthusiasts, orchestral works are naturally hard to come by. Musicians deserve to earn a living, which is why professional recordings typically don’t come free. But then there are these lucky exceptions, like this concert, well preserved for us collectors, so that we can enjoy an (almost, NC-ND…) libre recording of one of the most well known classical themes of all time.

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 – Part I

This one starts with the well-known triple-octave rise, popularised by its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2. Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 – Part II

Not quite as catchy, but still with a decent finale around minutes 10-12, then fizzling out till the end.

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