I have heard a number of soprano & countertenor teams sing the Stabat Mater since this recording was made, Kirkby & Bowman (the use of a harpsichord annoyed me in that recording) and Bonney & Scholl (the voices were mismatched, IMHO - Maria Cristina Kiehr would have been a better partner for Scholl, David Daniels a better partner for Bonney) immediately come to mind, but none move me and impress me like this recording. I think that this is one of the finest recordings of 18th century sacred music I've ever heard, it is certainly the most moving recording I've heard.
The voices of Michael Chance and Gillian Fisher blend perfectly and both sing with great style and conviction. Something of a "dream-team", to use a colloquialism, in fact. The dissonances are brought out most effectively and poignantly ... and without distracting and unnecessary vibrato. You'll never heard the seconds, sung in the opening movement, with more precision and bite than on this recording!
The King's Consort uses a small number of strings, organ and theorbo accompaniment. Robert King's choice of tempi is natural and effective. The recorded sound and the acoustical environment of the recording is perfect, neither is it too dry nor too reverberant. All in all, an ideal recording of this masterpiece from this tragically short lived composer. I own this recording and, although I've heard other recordings, including the one with Andreas Scholl, a favourite singer of mine, I have never felt tempted to buy another recording.