I like dead white male European composers as much as the next guy - actually quite a bit more than him - but poor Brahms abides largely in my blind spot, especially his symphonies. I've never really considered why this is - perhaps I just haven't paid enough attention to him - but I've just put his 2nd on (LSO live with Haitink) and will report back.
Balm to my soul after an intermittently difficult week. So sue me, but when it comes to the symphonic repertory, I have a strong predilection for dead white male Europeans. And nobody does it better than Brahms.
That final movement - there's such a strong, comforting feeling of coming home.
(The rest of the concert - overture to "The Magic Flute", and an oboe concerto by Richard Strauss, was pretty comforting as well)