Yes, rear pads are just a slight bit softer...that and they don't offer Ferodo pads for the rear on our car.
If you can believe it, I still had original pads and rotors from the factory on mine until now (40k miles). I am actually really surprised they lasted that long.
I will be running the stock Bridgestone RFT's, same as last couple times. They have been fine for me the last couple times. Are you running OEM rotors Alex?
Oh and thanks for the links, good stuff there!