They offer various programs including the Quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Francaix, Paul Hindemith, Ben-Haim and featuring, among other works of American composers, a new Quintet, “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by the Jewish-American composer Osvaldo Golijov. (The complete repertoire for the Ciompi Quartet can be viewed at www.ciompi.org.)
As an ensemble clarinet with string quartet enjoys a most privileged position in the chamber music world. Its large repertoire spans music from classical to modern. It is not by chance that this repertoire contains some of the greatest masterpieces ever written. Contemporary composers continue to be inspired by the huge palette of tonal and stylistic possibilities this ensemble offers.
“Carl Maria von Weber’s Quintet (with the Ciompi Quartet) ...was one of those performances to stand up and shout about. The normally staid Durham chamber music crowd didńt exactly shout, but demonstrated its enthusiasm by demanding five curtain calls.” DURHAM HERALD
“It was quite a display--glorious music-making with no apparent effort!” Spectator, Raleigh, NC
Allan Ware and the Ciompi String Quartet have been performing together in the USA, Europe and elsewhere for over 15 years, performing the major clarinet quintets to critical acclaim. Over the years Allan Ware and the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University have performed concert programs to the acclaim of US and European audiences and critics, and one concert of theirs was voted by local critics one of the Top Ten Concerts of the 1999 season in North Carolina.