A large crowd of aficionados of the Classical muse turned out Thursday for a preseason evening of Mozart at Hollywood Bowl. The 14,229 in attendance nearly doubled the Wednesday audience--which had gathered for a program of ostensibly popular Russian repertory--although it may be too much to read a message into that fact.
At any rate, the masses huddling on a very cool night were in mid-season form, blithely applauding between movements and dropping bottles and cans with abandon.
Onstage, things went surprisingly well. David Zinman led a suitably down-sized version of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in brisk, no-nonsense fashion, and the amplification presented generally equable balances.
There were some signs of under-rehearsal and confusion, but Zinman's fairly standardized ideas about the 33rd and 40th symphonies emerged respectably. He seems to favor heavy metrical accents, a clearly defined dynamic order, and quick finales.