This week, the folks at classical.com have made Beethoven's 9th Symphony available for free download. This is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written, so there's very little I could say about it that hasn't already been said. For such a famous piece of music, however, this is actually the first time I've come across a full version of it for free; even Classic Cat (a site that I've posted about before) only has an incomplete version listed. Actually, I have to take that back - I'm listening to it right now, and I notice that the fourth movement has been shortened; still, until a more complete version comes along, this is well worth grabbing.
If you're new to classical music, this symphony makes a great starting point, as you're probably already familiar with at least a few parts of it (especially the "Ode to Joy" which forms the basis of the fourth movement). This version is performed by Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, with Alain Lombard conducting. As with all free downloads from classical.com, this one is available in both MP3 and WMA formats, at 128 or 192 Kbps; more importantly, it will only be up for a couple of weeks, so if you want it, get it while you can. Happy listening!