I've always loved "The Beggar's Opera" and have seen and heard it performed by both opera singers and straight actors in a variety of arrangements. I was therefore intrigued to discover Samuel Arnold's renovation of the score of the sequel to this work, Pepusch's ballad opera "Polly", which government censorship prevented reaching the stage. Many of the "hit tunes" from the original "Beggar's Opera" can be heard in the overture here, which gets a sparkling performance from the Arcadia Ensemble under Kevin Mallon. The plot of "Polly" is much more exotic and melodramatic and fewer of the tunes are especially familiar or memorable, with the obvious exception of a setting of Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary," but all are pleasing on the ear and splendidly orchestrated. The young soloists are excellent vocally, even if they do not evince much in the way of character. Allin all, an interesting discovery well worth exploring.