Axel, is this reaction of your ONLY about Carlos Kleiber’s version with Wiener Philharmoniker or is it your reaction to entire Brahms? If it is entire Brahms then be advised that there are people who do not “get” Brahms, there was a lot of said about it.
I might understand some of their position even I personally do like Brahms.
It this reaction of yours you have ANLY about Carlos Kleiber’s version then you might want to read this:
I would not describe this performance as “going nowhere” but I also have some problems, especially during the first movement.
Anyhow, I love Brahms symphonies, particularly the 2, 3 and 4th.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche