Here is a private look at a star of the Paris Opera in a special pointe class taught by the ballet master, Andrey Klemm. Filmed in the dance studios of the Paris Opera, this complete ballet class gives the viewer an insight into the magnificent environment of this world famous opera house. The control and ability of avec une Etoile, Isabelle Ciaravola, is an inspiration to watch and Mr. Klemm actually gives her corrections to incorporate into the steps they are working on. It is a great experience to watch a true professional working on her technique.
These performances come from the first ever complete set of the Mozart symphonies, dating from the 1960s, and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast here between Bohm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Bohm's favour. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No. 40) and with Minuets taken at what now seem lumbering speeds. Yet slow movements flow easily, and finales bounce along infectiously. Consistently they convey the happy ease of Bohm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments.