There the very first note of the opening recitative is a tone lower - G - with the first and the fourth notes of the phrase therefore the same.
singing in recitative
After a dramatic recitative which Genaux sings with some interesting vocal color, the aria is as light and as refreshing as a cool breeze.
Both composers have the gift of following the twists and turns of often complex poetry without resorting to faux recitative or to dropping a melodic thread.
Much of it is recitative , a music of raw emotion, the cry of the heart without a melody.
The scope of the movement is strictly calibrated so that the more complex, vigorous material executed only by the dancers springs as naturally from the basic choreography as aria does from recitative .
Brindley Sherratt, the bass soloist to whom much of the important recitative is consigned, conveyed the drama excellently.
The arias now give the impression of being an overflow from the recitative's disciplined passion - as they were in the recitative of early Baroque, Monteverdian opera.
For a start, it is set in Classical Roman times, in the reign of the Emperor Titus, and strikes me as being much heavier on recitative than Mozart's more famous works.
Hawkins doesn't give us a heap of recitative , but actually finds a coherent musical structure that fits the poems.