Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Ormandy)

Cover design by Alex Steinweiss
The Ormandy series continues with what Columbia proudly hailed in its liner notes for this set as "the first recording of a Tchaikovsky symphony that Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra have made for Columbia Masterworks" - the Fourth.  (Of course, they had already recorded the Fifth and Sixth - but that was for Victor.)  This is the first of four recordings the Fabulous Philadelphians were to make of Tchaikovsky's "Fate" symphony (the others were in 1953, 1963 and 1973):

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Recorded December 3-4, 1947
Columbia Masterworks set MM-736, five 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 112.24 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 53.86 MB)


  1. I've tried many, many times to download this over the past couple of days, but FileFactory responds every time with: "All free downloads slots are in use. Please feel free to try again shortly." The same message is repeated every time I try again. I've never before seen this message in all the times I've been downloading your files (and I only use FileFactory for your files). Apparently FileFactory has greatly reduced their support of free downloads in order to force people to purchase Premium accounts.

  2. Same here. Been trying to download the Maggie Teyte with the same lack of success.

  3. Same here. Been trying to download the Maggie Teyte with the same lack of success.

  4. Hi, Having problem downloading the Ormandy. FileFactory states there are no more download slots available..!!!

  5. Well, this is discouraging news. I hope it's only temporary, because FileFactory has been talking a lot lately about "changes" and a "revamped account section."

    Meanwhile, I've put both the Teyte and Tchaikovsky up on Hotfile:

    The recordings can also be heard at my YouTube channel (shellackophile).