It wasn't just the anti-Putin protestors who had it in for Valery Gergiev on Wednesday night.
The Munich Philharmonic's new chief conductor-in-waiting has drawn flak from critical quarters too.
The Merkur's Markus Thiel describes Gergiev's Gasteig concert as "poorly rehearsed". Apparently at the first rehearsal, just a couple of days beforehand, some of the works were run through only once. And an hour before the concert began they were still hurrying to rehearse one of the pieces.
No surprise then that the orchestra "coped only tolerably", "intent on avoiding accidents" and at one point playing "simply to get through". The Bulgarian choir drafted in to supplement the Munich Philharmonic's own singers - but not mentioned in the concert programme book - is described as an "expensive rescue bid."