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Lisbon´s Lacerda Quartet returns to play at Quintinha da Música

Lacerda QuartetOn Sunday 25 February at 4 pm, one of Portugal´s leading string quartets will return to play at Quintinha da Música near Santo Estevão, Tavira. Tickets are €25.
The Lacerda is led by Alexander Stewart who is Concert Master with the Symphonic Orchestra in Lisbon. Regina Stewart is second violin, Paul Wakabayashi plays viola and Luís André Ferreira is on cello.

The Lacerda String Quartet was founded in 1990 and besides their standard repertoire, with a special emphasis on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Lacerda dedicates much of its attention to the great and unjustly neglected masterpieces of 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.

The Lacerda has premiered works by Moritz Eggert, Alan Ridout, Arnold Trowel, Frederico de Freitas, Eugénio Rodrigues, Eurico Carrapatoso and Alexandre Delgado. The quartet has 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” to participate in an innovative project with the ever popular Portuguese light-music singer Jorge Palma at the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon. The Lacerda also took part in an historic and unique project during 2009, involving the performance of all the string quartets by Joseph “Papa” Haydn in celebration of the bicentenary 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 quartet performed works by Freitas Branco, Carrapatoso, Haydn, Mozart and Schulhoff, and in the summer of 2012 the Lacerda performed in Guimarães (European Cultural Capital for 2012). Recently during "Dias da Música" in the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon they performed a programme of Haydn, Melo and Beethoven.
By far the most ambitious project of the Lacerda Quartet is the long-term objective to record all 69 of Joseph Haydn´s string quartets by the tercentenary of the birth of this great composer, the year 2032.

On the occasion of their latest visit to the Algarve, they will present Haydn´s Quartet in G Minor, nicknamed The Rider because of its ´bouncing´ rhythm and Mozart´s G Major Quartet K387, The Spring Quartet, one of a series of six quartets written by Mozart in honour of Joseph Haydn. As befits the name of the Lacerda Quartet, they will present a work by the eponymous Francisco de Lacerda, the Trio miniatures.

To book contact: lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com