The Havana String Quartet: Yamir Portuondo & Eugenio Valdes (violins), Jorge Hernandez (viola) & Deborah Yamak (cello)
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Cuban composer, conductor, guitarist, researcher and pedagogue Leo Brouwer (born 1939) is one of the most important and fascinating figures in international classical music today. This recording by the Havana String Quartet presents Brouwer’s complete quartets, plus his String trio from 1958, in uniquely authoritative, composer-sanctioned recordings, for the first time on a single CD. The one-movement Quartet No. 4 here receives its world premiere recording. This disc won the LATIN GRAMMY for Best Classical Recording in November 2010.
Tha Havan String Quaret was founded in 1980 on the initiative of Leo Brouwer. The group is known for its unique, cross-cultural repertoire, and its accomplishments in a variety of musical styles. The HSQ has collaborated with performers such as guitarists Eliot Fisk and Pepe Romero, pianist Javier Perianes, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez, Cheikh Lo, singer Ibrahim Ferrer, the Buena Vista Social Club, Magic Malik, and Cuban percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. The quartet’s particular talent has been dedicated to Latin American composers like Revueltas, Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and, of course, Leo Brouwer.