The second act of Rossini's opera Aureliano in Palmira from this year's Pesaro Festival.
A real Rossini rarity, an opera seria that flopped but which Rossini then re-cycled into his comedy "The Barber of Seville" (which also flopped, but which posterity has been kinder to). There's no doubting the quality of the music, so it must all have been in the performance, because the plot is the usual confusion.
Reviews of this production singled out for praise tenor Michael Spyres (Aureliano) and soprano Jessica Pratt (Zenobia). The ensemble is led by the American bel canto specialist, Will Crutchfield.
And the BBC Philharmonic conclude this week's part of the Sibelius Symphony Cycle with No.3 in C . Numbers 4 to 7 next week.
With Penny Gore
Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira - opera seria in 2 Acts
From the 2014 Pesaro Festival
Palmyra has fallen to the Romans - led by Aureliano (Marcus Aurelius), and he generously offers the defeated queen Zenobia the choice to rule alongside him. Zenobia's lover Arsace, the general of the Palmyran army has escaped, but returns to the city to rescue his queen and lover. The pair are caught and brought before Aureliano who at first sentences them to spend the rest of their lives in separate prison cells, before relenting and - after they swear loyalty to Rome - letting the pair rule in Palmyra after all.
Aureliano - Michael Spyres (tenor)
Zenobia - Jessica Pratt (soprano)
Arsace - Lena Belkina (mezzo-soprano)
Publia - Raffaella Lupinacci (mezzo-soprano)
Oraspe - Dempsey C'Rivera (tenor)
High Priest - Dimitri Pkhaladze (bass)
Priest - Raffaele Constantini (bass)
Licinio - Sergio Vitale (baritone)
Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna
Gioachino Rossini Symphony Orchestra/
Will Crutchfield (conductor)
Scherzo-caprice for piano and orchestra, Op.25
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Juanjo Mena (conductor)
Michael Seal (conductor)
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op.52
John Storgards (conductor).