I cannot find any proper reason for coupling Beethoven 1st piano concerto with Mahler 5th Symphony. Seriously, it was quite dumb. At least Philharmonia didn’t program any 6 minutes overture that would had introduced a 7 minutes extra delay to place the piano on stage after it. Rant is over. Well, not so over because Beethoven concerto performance was problematic. It was not a technical problem from orchestra, pianist or conductor.
Triply interesting concert this one by the Philharmonia: After two concerts under its principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and one under one of its principal guest conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, it was the turn or the other principal guest conductor: Jakub Hrůša. Do you see the perfect balance?: 2/4 + ¼ + ¼. A perfect occasion to get a feel of this future relationship. Hrůša doing Czech music (if you hadn’t notice the diacritics in Dvořák and Hrůša).