KHCD-2013-037FL (STEREO) - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36 - London Symphony Orchestra/Zdenek Kosler; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture - Philharmonia Orchestra/Igor Markevitch - Kosler's interpretation of the Tchaikovsky 4th is lyrical and unforced; the opening brass statement is understated, and the symphony unfolds with a beautiful sense of balance and underlying tension, without highlighting. The original recording, on the Connoisseur Society Label, was engineered was Bob Auger; the venue is not listed, but is probably one of several church sanctuaries used by the various independent recording labels during the 70s. The Romeo and Juliet Overture with the Philharmonia is simply stunning. Markevitch emphasizes inner voice detailing and phrasing that truly adds interest to this otherwise overdone work. Marvelously recorded by EMI ca. 1958, and derived from an early pressing domestic blue-label Angel LP with a red leatherette spine sleeve. Download includes CD artwork.