In science fiction movies it isn't unusual for a child to declare that his mother is someone else, or for a wife to declare that her husband isn't any longer her husband. And they aren't because they have been taken over by aliens or replaced by replicants who are aliens. And I'm telling you this cd set of Brahms symphonies aren't Brahms. I'm not crazy. I'm not. It isn't Brahms. It is disturbing. I've had the 4 cd set by Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics 2006) of Brahms symphonies for a number of years and rarely played it. It's not Brahms--it is some alien I music I tell you. Today I compared the Barenboim cd to the Carlos Kleiber Wiener Philharmoniker cd of the same symphony, and I was right: the Barenboim is alien and the Carlos Kleiber is the real Brahms. Very odd. It is as if Barenboim removed the specific quality of the music that renders it as Brahms. He took out the Brahms and otherwise left the rest. I kid you not. What he did is essentially to take out the violin section or to have a much reduced violin section. Very clever and devious. I don't like it.