Podcast: Polly – an opera by Samuel Arnold

When Samuel Arnold wrote his opera Polly in 1777, he used John Gay‘s libretto to The Beggar’s Opera as a starting point. Unlike the earlier piece, which never reached the stage due to government censorship, Polly was a huge success … Read More →


Podcast: Handel’s Israel in Egypt

An introduction to Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt – less well known than the Messiah, but equally good. It’s a piece full of great choruses, colourful orchestrations and memorable tunes. All music examples from from a new Naxos recording featuring … Read More →

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Podcast: An introduction to Vivaldi’s opera Griselda

A brief introduction to Vivaldi’s opera Griselda, based on a story that appeared in Boccacio’s book The Decameron, that had been published several hundred years earlier. Album details… Catalogue No.: 8.660211-13 Podcast: Download (Duration: 20:00 — 18.3MB)