I enjoyed this version of Poulenc's Gloria/Stabat Mater and would recomend it for all those looking for a stellar and rewarding performance from the choir, soloist, and conductor. However, let me say that the Gloria is indeed a piece in which all will instantly become attracted to it's upbeat and somber atmosphere. Yet, I'm not sure whether casual classical music fans will enjoy the Stabat Mater quite as much. For the Stabat Mater is quite a bit more somber with not as much upbeat music as the Gloria. Poulenc just couldnt seem to quite get it up to the level of his Gloria. This having been said though, I think that after listening to the Stabat Mater for a while, you might eventually take to it. My one really picky thing is I wished the opening "Gloria" was a bit faster. Oh well, if you intend to get a version of Poulenc's great chorus/orchestra pieces, this is one of the CD's to buy.