Tre allegri ragazzi morti” (Three happy dead guys, often shortened into TARM) are a rock band formed in 1994 in Pordenone, Italy. The trio (Davide Toffolo, Enrico Molteni and Luca Masseroni) which has released several albums, has decided not to give its image to the media and they only imagine themselves in Toffolos’s drawings, which is an established comic-drawer. They also decided to hide their faces behind skull-masks, which have now become the symbol of the imaginary evoked by lyrics and live shows as well. The band is independent since 2000, recording under the label La tempesta (The storm), which is the same label of Giorgio Canali and Moltheni.
This 1994 disc is something of a classic of the new strain of the historical-performance movement, which is characterized by a certain amount of license to speculate in the reconstruction of lost works. The Miserere mei Deus of Gregorio Allegri is, of course, not a lost work, but one with an unbroken performance tradition stretching back to its composition in the early seventeenth century (before 1638). It was sung for centuries at the Sistine Chapel, where the singers were enjoined from circulating the music beyond Vatican walls…
"Christophers draws brilliant performances from his singers, both technically assured and vividly impassioned". (The Guardian)
This internationally known string quartet has been in existence since the early '50s. The original performers (Eli Goren, James Barton, Patrick Ireland, and William Pleeth) created the group in order to play the best of Classical and Romantic quartet literature. This tradition of the grand style has been keep alive by Peter Carter, violin (a member for 25 years); Rafael Todes, violin; Dorothea Vogel, viola; and Pal Benda, violoncello. The quartet's intensive examination and rehearsals of traditional works has resulted in unique interpretations that reveal detailed characteristics and previously unheard possibilities of these musical masterpieces.