Like many, I was dubious about the prospects of my liking this re-mastering of the original acoustic 78's set against entirely new orchestral accompaniments, but I was immediately captivated by the sensitivity and naturalness of Rabl's arrangements; he follows all of Caruso's idiosyncratic, but artistically justified, rubati, and it's a treat to hear the musical details lost in the swish, woosh and crackle of the originals. While the accompaniments are incredibly well co-ordinated with the voice, don't expect miracles in the acoustic matching of the voice against the orchestra; there is always some sense of these coming from two different worlds - because they do, technically, temporally and perhaps even artistically - but I still think it was well worth doing, especially as Caruso's voice is so carefully cleaned up without any loss of its resonance and power. The purists - and I, too, sometimes - will still want to listen to their beloved originals but these too have been cunningly enhanced, by Nimbus, Naxos and RCA for issue on CD and one could argue that the only really authentic way of listening to Caruso's recordings is by putting a shellac 78 on an old wind-up gramophone, as I do. This is in fact the third of three such discs, now available cheaply in a box set. To convince yourself of their merit, sample the original "Pagliacci" aria on disc 1, thoughtfully provided for comparison, then the re-mastered version with the digital accompaniment. Or try my favourite Verdi aria, "O tu che in seno" from "Forza", on disc 3 (this one, being reviewed); I think you'll be entranced, as I was. Caruso's voice rings out in all its majesty and power but is for once suitably supported by the proper orchestral sound instead of the boxy, blatty, tinny row we usually dimly catch in the background.