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This review is from: Brahms: The Piano Concertos; Fantasias Op.116 (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
There can be no doubt that Gilels is brilliant here, in the First, in the Second, and in the Fantasies.
For those who are particular fans of the Second, may I also recommend having a look at Gilels' earlier, more energetic recording of the Second, with Reiner and the Chicago Symphony. There are some for whom this may be the preferable disc, though my advice would be to get both.
Also, do please have a listen to Solomon, who has made some of the greatest recordings of Brahms piano concertos, both of which are easily available on Testament, and include some other beautiful Brahms piano works. Of particular note, I think, are the Handel Variations.
(Note that, like Gilels, Solomon is also exceptional when it comes to playing Beethoven.)