I am surprised not to find a review of this CD on Amazon so far. Recorded in the centenary year of Brahms' death in Symphony Hall, with Andsnes a relatively unknown pianist at the time (five years later he was the soloist in the Grieg A minor at the last night of the Proms), but already demonstrating his power and ability as (now) one of the world's finest pianists. Sir Simon ably guides HIS orchestra through the symphonic work that ended up as one of the greatest piano concertos, accompanying this young Norwegian pianist, now very much at the peak of his career. I AM biased; his live recording of the Rachmaninov no.3 with Paavo Berglund conducting the Oslo PO is still one of my most-treasured CD's, and he's not bad with Mozart and Grieg either! I will shortly be attending a concert with an East European pianist in Symphony Hall in a few weeks' time; he has developed a reputation as one of the new 'stars', and it will be interesting to see how he performs the Brahms with this orchestra, albeit with a different but equally experienced conductor; he'll have to be VERY, VERY good to better this recording! Like everything, beauty is in the eye (or EAR!) of the beholder, but for me, Andsnes, Rattle and the CBSO have produced a masterful recording of an outstanding concerto, which remains my favourite!