Ciompi Concert No. 2 featuring Max Raimi, Viola
Since 1974, Fred Raimi has worked as the cellist of the Ciompi Quartet, making him the longest-serving member of the venerable Duke institution. This concert marks Raimi's final performance as cellist of the Ciompi Quartet. The Ciompi begins its spring concert in the way it has traditionally started its season - with a quartet from Haydn, the father of the form. This exquisite quartet, in C Major, is one of the landmark set of six that clinched Haydn's reputation as the form's early master. Mozart's Quartet in A Major follows, which is from his set of six quartets dedicated to Haydn. The program concludes with an appearance by a very special guest, Chicago Symphony violist Max Raimi, who joins the group for the Brahms G Major Viola Quintet, op. 111, a late work with echoes of Palestrina, Mendelssohn, and Hungarian folk music.