I can't make up my mind about the Bernstein/Vienna Brahms Third, but I have no doubt about the Fourth--it's easily the best recording of the piece that I've heard. Just listen to the coda of the first movement, where Bernstein sustains the tension and power, creating an ending that is stunning in its implacability. The same could be said of the entire fourth movement. I don't mean to slight the other movements--the second is moving, without overexaggerating the many beautiful momemts, and the third is exciting and well-paced. Brahms was, after all, a Romantic composer, not an early neoclassicist, and throughtout this symphony Bernstein finds and communicates the substantial emotional content without neglecting the musical structure. The Vienna Philharmonic plays with absolute discipline and precision.