This is a digital recording laid down in the 1980s. As far as I am aware it was among the first recordings to render Concerto no. 2 complete and uncut, restoring the status quo before Ziloti got his hands on it. By contrast,the earlier Gilels recording follows the savage cuts Ziloti made, which more or less eviscerated the second movement. It's refreshing also to hear the second concerto performed with the violin and cello obbligati played by virtuoso soloists in their own right (Kennedy and Isserlis) rather than the leader and principal cellist of the orchestra. This gives a completely fresh perspective on what Tchaikovsky intended.
Donohoe and Barshai play it a bit safe, a bit conservative. Had they let themselves go a little more, they might well have given us the recording of the (20th) century. Even so, a good buy at bargain price. Its only serious competition if you want to hear the complete 2nd concerto is the super-budget Naxos recording with Bernd Glemser and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit, which also includes Tanayev's orchestration of the Andante and Finale Op. 79.
Altogether, a satisfactory reading of a work that is very poorly served in both the concert hall and the recording studio, coupled with the ever popular B flat minor concerto, the single movement third concerto and the Fantasie de Concert. I think, like another reviewer, that I prefer the 2nd to the 1st.