I bought this recording following a rave review in the Guardian. Whilst it is good, I didn't feel it deserved quite the notice it received. The problem I have is that I grew up with the Toscanini recording, whilst not Hi Fi is an incredible performance. The first movement, for instance, is nearly 3 minutes longer than Toscanini's and has no feeling of urgency, which, I feel, it needs. Too many conductors today treat Brahms as a died in the wool romantic, which he isn't. They should listen to those conductors who were fresh to his music to understand what his music needs.