As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way.
: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn
, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly
It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms
cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms
cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms
Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison