Since the previous post, I have started the second assignment for the Critical Listening. Last week I made notes on the piece I am doing for the critique which is, 'Tantum Ergo' by Schubert sung by the College Choir. On Sunday I also started doing the comparison of Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' using the two recorded recommended in class. These are Christopher Hogwood conducting the Academy of Ancient Music with Catherine Bott as Dido http://www.amazon.co.uk/Purcell-Dido-Aeneas/dp/B001RNW4XA/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk and a version conduct by Paul Leppard http://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=685738924264
I feel I am coping well with this assignment, especially the comparison because I really enjoy listening to these pieces. I prefer the Christopher Hogwood version of 'Dido and Aeneas' because it has subtle reverb. on the recording which makes it feel very intimate. The Hogwood version also uses period instruments while the Leppard version uses modern day instruments, except for the harpsichord.