I usually can't answer questions like this but this one is easy, Dvorak's setting is some of the most beautiful heart-rending choral writing I know. That's despite him not really being a favourite composer of mine.
If you like Cornysh and Browne's settings then you might want to give Richard Davy's version a listen to, from the same era part of the Eton Choirbook
The one I've heard most times is Dvorak. Very emotional.
Yesterday I heard for the first time a recording of Boccherini's Stabat Mater, played by La Follia under Miguel de la Fuente, and I liked it a LOT.
I don't know whether it was Tamara Hert or Kumiko Oshita, but at least one soprano impressed me.
After my initial listen, I have to say that, like many on here, I really enjoy the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. That said, after that, it is really the renaissance Stabat Maters that I most enjoy, especially over the Rossini, Poulenc, and the Szymanowski. I still mean to try the Dvorak.
My favourite Stabat Mater & my favourite interpretation with Riccardo Muti. Rossini has composed quite 'merry' tunes to the texts that mostly are said to be 'sad', maintaining a quite undogmatic approach to this Church music. Personally I like the uplifting mood of Rossini's music pervading the whole work.
Szymanowski: Stabat Mater, Op. 53. I'm pleased to see that so many agree.
My preferred recording is Polish State PO/Stryja et al (Marco Polo, Naxos, rec. 1988). Soloists are superbly positioned and caught. Stryja's reading is high energy. I can't imagine better performance or atmosphere for this work. Therefore, I've declared it a Certified Perfect Recording.:tiphat:
I recently purchased Marco Rosano`s, Stabat Mater with Andreas Scholl, on mp3. Great in the car . I think my next purchase will be, Vivaldi`s Stabat Mater, Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 415 and chiara banchini
A difficult one, this...I do love a good Stabat Mater...just like putting on a Requiem is the very best thing to cheer you up?!
I think that I'd have to choose Poulenc's...I love the grave introduction & first intonations to the 'Stabat Mater' poem and then the shapely musical phrasing to the word 'dolorosa'. It immediately knicks me into a certain mood that is both serious and deeply felt. It reminds me of my Catholic upbringing I suppose... 'Once a Catholic, always a Catholic' et al....a truism, methinks.
BBC's Cd Review considered Vivaldi's... the other Saturday if anyone is interested and can listen to same where they are...