Quintinha da Música-Lacerda Quartet

Classical Music Concert by the Lacerda Quartet on Sunday 26 February at 17h00 at the Quintinha da Música, near Tavira

Tickets are €25 each

The Lacerda Quartet was founded in 1990 and is one of the leading string quartets of Portugal. Besides its standard repertoire, with a special emphasis on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Lacerda dedicates much of its attention to great and unjustly neglected masterpieces from the Portuguese repertoire. Their first CD includes Viana da Mota’s String Quartet in G major (1895, first world recording), Freitas Branco’s String Quartet (1911, first world recording by a Portuguese string quartet) and Francisco de Lacerda’s Miniatures for String Trio (1917, also a world première recording). A second CD entitled ”Maelstrom”, with music by the internationally acclaimed Portuguese composer João Pedro Oliveira, includes Labirinto (2001), for string quartet and tape. They have premiered works by Moritz Eggert, Alan Ridout, Arnold Trowel, Frederico de Freitas, Eugénio Rodrigues, Eurico Carrapatoso and Alexandre Delgado. They have performed in many of the major festivals and venues in Portugal, as well as in Spain, France, Italy and England. The year 2008 saw the Lacerda “crossing borders”, as they participated in an innovative project with the ever popular Portuguese light-music singer Jorge Palma in the Belem Cultural Centre (CCB) in Lisbon. The Lacerda also took part in a historic and unique project during 2009 that involved performing all Haydn ́s string quartets to celebrate the bi-centenary of his death. These concerts took place in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores and were broadcast by Portuguese national radio (Antena 2). The Lacerda released a CD with three of Haydn ́s most emblematic quartets from the Op 1, Op 20 and Op 77 sets to commemorate this historic occasion. In August 2011 there followed an invitation for a series of concerts in various venues in China where the Lacerda performed works by; Freitas Branco, Carrapatoso, Haydn Mozart and Schulhoff. In the summer of 2012 the Lacerda performed in Guimarães (European Cultural Capital for 2012) On March 2nd 2017 the Lacerda will be performing live for Antena 2 from the CCB in an all Haydn Programme. A further project of note will be during this coming Easter when the Quartet will be joined by the famous Portuguese actor Luís Miguel Cintra in Haydn ́s“ The Seven Last Words”. These performances will take place in Lisbon, Braga, Porto and Batalha. By far the most ambitious project of the Lacerda Quartet is their long-term objective. They plan to have recorded all 69 of Joseph Haydn ́s String quartets by 2032, which will be the tercentenary of the birth of this great composer.

The Lacerda Quartet will be playing Joseph Haydn´s String Quartet in D Minor opus 9 no 4; José Viana da Mota´s Quartet in G major and Joseph Hayden´s String Quartet in F Minor opus 20 no 5.

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