Reading through all the reviews here, I noticed no one specifically refers to the one recording of the Intermezzi and Rhapsodies that to me is an indispensable reference point and to which one will return to again and again for a lifetime to nurture one's heart and soul: Wilhelm Kempff's earlier one from the 1950s on Decca (especially the Op. 116 Fantasias and Op. 117 Intermezzi from 1950).
Having said that, I love Gould and find his Brahms, with the exception of the 1st Piano Concerto elsewhere and the Op. 76 Intermezzo in A major here, very much worth listening to, the Ballades (and among those, the Second that Gould starts off as if awakening from a dream) in particular. They certainly form a worthy alternative to Michelangeli (the 1981 studio recording on DG, or as part of the 1973 Lugano recital on Music & Arts) - that is, assuming you, like me, like listening to alternative versions instead of only one.
If Gould intended the Op. 76 Intermezzo to function as a strategically placed shock effect on this disc, that wears off in no time, and what remains is jarring and honestly confusing - as others have said here, this wonderful piece does not deserve to be treated like this.
Greetings from Switzerland, David.