What is it that makes Beecham a great conductor? He is not formulaic. Instead, he finds and expresses the underlying narrative of a composition. In Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, he penetrates the surface power and splash of the outer movements and reveals the inner, if you will, psychological flow. He knows when to intensify and when to relax the symphony's persistent tensions. My favorite recordings of this work have long been Monteux's BSO re..