Every Good Friday I try to make a point of listening to Haydn's "Seven Last Words" in the superb performance by the Lindsays (advert) which is enhanced by a very moving meditation on the words themselves in the liner notes by Dr John Taylor, a former Bishop of Winchester. When I saw that Rossini's Stabat Mater was to be the "Building a Library" item on a recent edition of the BBC's CD Review I thought this might form a suitable companion piece although, like many people, I suspect, the only number I had heard before was the "Cujus animam".
The extracts I then heard led me to realise that this work is an underrated masterpiece. It is clearly a forerunner for Verdi's Requiem, and although the latter is by far the greater work that does not in any way diminish the power and musicality of the Stabat Mater.
As for this recording, which I now own, my only criticism is one already noted ie that the soloists are not well integrated with the choir and orchestra. This is particularly noticeable at the beginning (or perhaps one's ears become more accommodating later on). In all other respects -including the price - it is a winner.