Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
"It is Brahms bearing his wounds to us at last... in that schizophrenic theme, pulling itself apart, to state duality of his own nature.
It is as if his stars finally, and abruptly shifted into a benign astrological pattern... it was now possible for him to be free, self-revelatory in his music, which became increasingly telling and profound."