When I was young it was Eugene Ormandy's recordings that first introduced me to Tchaikovsky's later symphonies. This recording is from 1959 and unfortunately still bears a small but noticeable hiss, though modern technology makes this not as bad as the original. Ormandy's is a good performance. He emphasises the long flowing lines. The best movement is probably the second, where the conductor highlights the yearning tenderness. The sound of the third movement's valse is quite intimate, especially in the woodwinds. The coda to the finale opens with a very tipsy trumpeter, so Ormandy interprets the composer's supposed triumph over fate as being very hollow indeed.
The symphony comes with a 1960 performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. The hiss is still present, but overall the sound is richer and fuller than that of the symphony. The opening movement is vigorous and taut, whilst there is as much welcome beauteous joy as melancholy in the central section of the elegia.
Because of the slight hiss I was going to give this CD only three stars, but because I have found the interpretations of the 1950s and 1960s to be so wonderfully idiosyncratic compared to the banality of most modern recordings, I think this one probably deserves four.