Here’s a fantastic performance of Jay Friedman’s arrangement of Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss, performed by world-class brass players (and percussionists).
The video says that it’s Chicago Brass, but in fact, there are also players from the NY Philharmonic including principal trumpeter Philip Smith and principal trombonist Joe Alessi. Also present are some Chicago Symphony alums including Rex Martin (tuba), Charles Geyer (trumpet), Gail Williams (horn), and various other musicians.
For this particular piece, the credits at the end of the video are not quite accurate because Bud Herseth is listed in the credits but doesn’t appear in the ensemble. The concert appears to be a tribute to the legendary career and playing of Adolph “Bud” Herseth. At any rate, hear it and be amazed!
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Fast forward to 2:30 and you will avoid much clapping.
- A day in the Life… Principal Bass Trombone, Roger Argente of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (classicalmusic.southbankcentre.co.uk)
- Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra – Jansons/BRSO(2007Live) (zoroastrians.net)
- Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons, Barbican Hall – review (thisislondon.co.uk)
- Technology and A.I. in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (wetwiring.wordpress.com)