SAMUEL ARNOLD (1740-1802): Polly.
Catalogue Number: 05L039
Description: Gay and Pepusch's sequel to The Threepenny Opera was banned by the English censor in 1729; in 1777 Arnold completely renovated the score, adding several newly composed dances and numbers and using new borrowings from composers such as Arne and Clarke. What we have is a 78-minute "island paradise", set in the West Indies, full of catchy melodies and inventively orchestrated with a full wind complement used in very creative fashion. Libretto available on-line. Laura Albino (soprano), Bud Roach (tenor), Jason Nedlecky (baritone), Aradia Ensemble; Kevin Mallon.