I was very lucky to attend a concert last night with David Daniels and Europa Galante, conducted by Fabio Biondi, where they performed one of the pieces on this CD, Longe Mala, umbrae terrores. I must admit having heard David in mostly opera (both in concert and on CD) I was quite exited by the prospect of him singing sacred music, and he did not disappoint. His glorious voice was warm and he managed to sing the piece with such conviction. I bought the CD after the concert and have played it several times since then. What I find different from this recording of the Stabat Mater, RV 621 and the Nisi Dominus, RV 608,(I have no other recordings of the last piece, Longe Mala, umbrae terrores, RV 629) compared to other recordings sung by countertenors, is that David Daniels voice is of such warmth and the range of it is just amazing, both the upper and lower register. The Stabat Mater is such a beautiful piece of music (try track 1, Stabat Mater dolorosa and track 8, Fac ut ardeat) and David voice fills the piece with such warmth and beauty, but still able to convey the sadness of the piece. The Nisi Dominus is slightly different in mood, but still sung with the same intensity and beauty. Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi gives exellent support throughout the CD. Is there anyone with a more natural sounding and glorious voice on the countertenor scene today then I would like to know about them. This recording is a first class example of David Daniels voice and would be my top recommendation for these works by Vivaldi.