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American Quartets: Antonin Dvořák & Wynton Marsalis

by Euclid Quartet

The Euclid Quartet presents American Quartets, featuring Dvořák's beloved "American" Quartet and the jazz-infused "At the Octoroon Balls," the first quartet by Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY® Award winning American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.
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1. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American": I. Allegro ma non troppo
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2. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American": II. Lento
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3. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American": III. Molto vivace
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4. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American": IV. Finale - Vivace ma non troppo
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5. At the Octoroon Balls: I. Come Long Fiddler
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6. At the Octoroon Balls: II. Mating Calls and Delta Rhythms
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7. At the Octoroon Balls: III. Creole Contradanzas
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8. At the Octoroon Balls: IV. Many Gone
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9. At the Octoroon Balls: V. Hellbound Highball
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10. At the Octoroon Balls: VI. Blue Lights on the Bayou
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11. At the Octoroon Balls: VII. Rampart St. Row House Rag
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Album Notes
Afinat Records is proud of our sophomore album with the 2017 release of "American Quartets: Antonín Dvořák & Wynton Marsalis" by the acclaimed Euclid Quartet. The new album contains two quintessential works composed nearly a century apart: the beloved "American" String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (1893) by Antonín Dvořák, and 'At the Octoroon Balls" - String Quartet No. 1 (1995) by Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY® Award winning American trumpeter, composer, founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis.

Euclid's first violinist Jameson Cooper says, “We first started playing the Marsalis when we received a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts to create an educational program about the different ethnic and cultural influences in American music. The Marsalis was a great choice to represent African-American music. It fuses jazz, blues, fiddling and other popular styles with classical music. The resulting work is music of incredible energy, charm, beauty and humor. It became one of our signature pieces. The Dvořák is one of the most recognized works for string quartet, written in America’s heartland in rural Iowa. Like the Marsalis, the music is an ‘American’ melting pot of numerous styles and influences.”

Marsalis composed "At the Octoroon Balls" in 1995 at the invitation of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The composer named it after his hometown of New Orleans’ legendary eighteenth and nineteenth century balls, which were given as a way to facilitate illicit long-term relationships between wealthy white men usually fair skinned women of color. Regarding the work, BBC Music Magazine wrote, “the music has a thrilling urgency and power… Marsalis has enlarged the soundscape of the string quartet and its emotional scope.”


Praised for their “knockout performance” by The Los Angeles Times, the Euclid Quartet has been recognized as one of the finest American quartets of its generation, known for dynamic performances filled with personality and vibrant color. Its diverse members hail originally from the United States, England, China and Venezuela. The quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms, radio and television broadcasts across the United States. The Euclid Quartet’s recordings of the complete Bártok string quartet cycle on the Artek label received rave reviews from international publications, including Gramophone magazine, who wrote “Their artistry brings fresh perspectives to cornerstones of the quartet repertoire.”

Career highlights include being the first American quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, as well as top prizes in the Hugo Kauder, Yellow Springs, and Carmel competitions in the United States.

The Euclid Quartet is dedicated to championing contemporary music by living composers. The ensemble has performed world premieres at prestigious venues such as the Aspen Music Festival and the Library of Congress, and was awarded an American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its innovative showcasing of contemporary American string quartets.

Since 2007, the Euclid Quartet has held the prestigious quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend. The quartet has also given master classes at universities and colleges across the nation. For more information, visit


"An elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy..." The Washington Post
"The performances are sweeping and detailed, with all of the fierce intensity the music suggests ... the Euclid has triumphed with performances of rare commitment and passion." - Gramophone Magazine
"Captured in vivid sound of exceptional detail, the members of the Euclid Quartet hurl themselves into the fray with alacrity, relishing the music’s invention with contagious wit and virtuosity." - Julian Halock, The Strad
"The performance [of the Dvorak] here is warm, effusive, vibrant and dynamic." -Terry Robbins, The Whole Note, Canada
"The Euclid's deliver a precise, lithe reading [of Dvorak]... never heavy or pretentious that brings out the African-American and Native American elements. The Euclid's performance [of Marsalis] is highly competitive, especially with the Dvorak pairing." - American Record Guide


Afinat Records is a new boutique record label launched in 2016 as a labor of love by classical industry impresario and producer, R. Lee Streby, in 2016. The label’s name ‘afinat’ is a Catalan word meaning ‘in tune’. Afinat Records seeks to release simply great music that finds itself "in tune" with listeners around the world. Afinat brings focus to each release by growing slowly, one project at a time. The label's third project, an album featuring the current catalog of Spanish art songs and song cycles for tenor voice, piano, and cello by a young Asturian composer, is slated for August, 2018. For more information, visit



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