I went to the Cleveland Orchestra's concert last week with Kurt Masur -- what a master! Here's my review of the concert, from ClevelandClassical.com. Don't forget to sign on with ClevelandClassical if you like it!
Listen to Masur talking about Brahms' fourth symphony here. I had not heard this when I wrote in my review about "heart-stoppingly beautiful" moments; this makes that metaphor more real than I had intended, thinking about the work as Brahms' own meditation about dying.