The best recording of the symphony I know of
I've heard dozens of recordings of this, one of my all time favorite symphonies, and this is the one I always return to. Jansons coaxes astonishing dynamic range out of this orchestra, and infuses this symphony (so many conductors just play Tchaikovsky loud and fast, all the time) with more passion and tension than any other recording I've heard. The second movement is a revelation, which this tiny excerpt here doesn't begin to reveal. I strongly recommend picking up every one of the Jansons/OPO recordings of Tchaikovsky, but if you only get one...get this one.