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Samuel Arnold: Polly, opera / Mallon

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  1. Arnold — Polly: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 1: Noel Hills: He that weds (Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 4: Dr Arnold: Farewell, farewell, farewell, all hope of bliss! (Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 5: Dr Arnold: Despair is all folly (Trapes) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 7: Christ-Church Bells: When a woman jealous grows (Ducat, Mrs. Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 8: Cheshire-Rounds: When kings by their huffing (Damaris) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 10: Bury Fair: How can you be so teazing (Ducat, Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 11: March in Scipio: Brave boys prepare (Ducat, Mrs. Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Arnold — Polly: Act I: Air 13: Dr Arnold: Aboard after misses most husbands will Roam (Mrs Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 1: La Villanella: Why did you spare him (Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Dead March $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 2: La Cavalliere: Patriots at first declare (Culverin) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 3: Minuet: Cheer up my lads (Culverin) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 4: Dr Arnold: Shall I not be bold when honour calls (Morano, Jenny) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 8: Hunt the Squirrel: The world is always jarring (Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 9: Dr Arnold: In love and life the present use (Jenny) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 10: Dr Arnold: We never blame the forward swain (Jenny, Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 11: Dr Arnold: The body of the brave may be taken (Cawwawkee) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 12: Excuse Me: Honour calls me (Morano) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 13: Ruben: Honour plays (Jenny) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Arnold — Polly: Act II: Air 14: The Marlborough: We the sword of valour (Morano) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Air 1: The sportsmen keep hawks (Polly) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Air 2: O Saw Ye My Father: Love with beauty is flying (Cawwawkee) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Air 4: Kate of Aberdeen: The turtle thus upon the spray (Cawwawkee) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Air 5: Dr Arnold: The soldiers who by trade must dare (Morano) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Dances of the Indians: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Dances of the Indians: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Dances of the Indians: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Dances of the Indians: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Dances of the Indians: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Arnold — Polly: Act III: Air 7: The Temple: Justice long forbearing (Cawwawkee, Indian Scout, Polly, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Arnold — Polly: Act III Appendix: What Man Can Virtue or Courage Repose (Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Arnold — Polly: Act III Appendix: I Hate the Foolish Elf (Ducat) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Arnold — Polly: Act III Appendix: Victory is Ours (Polly, Cawwawkee) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Arnold, Samuel : Polly, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Pepusch's ballad opera 'Polly', composed in 1729 to John Gay's libretto as a sequel to their highly successful The Beggar's Opera (1728), never reached the stage owing to government censorship. In 1777, Samuel Arnold completely renovated the score, which established his reputation as London's preeminent theatre composer. With its melodramatic tale reuniting Polly Peachum and Macheath in the West Indies and ending in Polly's marriage to the "Indian prince" Cawwawkee, this "island paradise" opera was a huge hit and remains enormously entertaining today.

"...the performance by the Arcadia Ensemble of Canada of the Arnold version is exemplary. Going by the 1729 edition of Polly, this is heavily cut. There were 71 numbers in the published version; about 39 appear here. To be fair, I am not sure that Arnold himself didn't make a lot of the cuts; he also took it on himself to compose new music whenever he wished. And some of it is quite lovely...Note that you will have to get the libretto for this version on line. The booklet notes do give an outline of the plot."-American Record Guide

"The short-breathed songs bubble with exuberance and unexpected inventiveness and the performances by the light-voiced soloists of Toronto's Aradia Ensemble are sparkling." -The Observer

MusicWeb International
This is hardly any sort of towering masterpiece, but this attractive recording fills out very nicely the picture of popular English theatre music in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and is readily recommendable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/14/2008-07/16/2008).



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>Arnold, Samuel : Polly, opera
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/14/2008-07/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical