Amid the fanfares and the bratwurst, there are rumblings of discontent in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as it welcomes its new music dirctor.
Two of the three principal cello seats are suddenly vacant.
One had been occupied until lately by the young Swiss Lionel Cottet (pictured), who joined in 2017. For the past year he has reverted to |his hometown orchestra, the OSR in Geneva.
Another recent solo cellist failed to obtain tenure at BR.
Sebastian Klinger now holds the front line alone, with Hanno Simmons as stand-in.