I am not a Brahms "specialist" and I don't know how others feel about Bernstein's Brahms but I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts/opinions about his 2 cycles.
Which one you might like better, why, etc?
I own Bernstein's earlier Brahm's Symphonies with the New York Philharmonic but haven't listened to his later recordings on DG. I know the DG recordings are supposed to have better sound, but I usually like Bernstein's earlier recordings with the NYPO. His earlier recordings just always seem to have a feeling of energy with a sense of wonder and discovery, where his later recordings seem more refined and polished.
Anyway, just looking for thoughts and opinions. I know there are other recommendations that always come up for Brahms, like Jochum, Furtwangler, etc and I do have other recordings from Karajan, Bohm & Haitink that I enjoy as well. But I'm really more interested in thoughts on Bernstein's Brahms.