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Keith Statham - Of Wine and Roses



Beautiful, lyrical and very English – this collection of music for string quartet and wind soloists evokes a world of grace and romance, now past.

A debut CD by Auckland composer Keith Statham, it features the superb UK/NZ Puertas Quartet.

The debut CD of music by a composer in his late 70s doesn’t happen every day, but Atoll Records have released…of wine and roses— a collection of chamber music pieces by septuagenerian Auckland- based composer, Keith Statham.

Keith Statham - Of Wine and Roses


“I’d written a lot of theatre music in the past, particularly during my student days in the 1950s at Cambridge, and later orchestrations and arrangements of other people’s work, but nothing as personal as the music I started to write a decade ago in the peace and quiet of life in suburban Auckland,” Statham said, “It’s a sort of retrospective view of my musical experiences and unashamedly easy-listening, somewhat wistful, and melodic. The title of the CD (reflecting my advancing years) comes from a line (“They are not long, the days of wine and roses:”) in a poem by the 19th century English poet, Ernest Dowson.” (Keith Statham)

“Apart from his four-part Suite for Flute and String Quartet, the works are light brevities, lyrical and melodic easy listening. Puertas Quartet was previously London-based but Kiwi viola player Julia Joyce and her cellist husband, Andrew Joyce, were recently appointed principal players in the NZSO; the two violinists are London Symphony Orchestra members. Adrianna Lis (flute) and three other Auckland wind players assist in some works.Novelties: two Landscapes and Happy Ending.” Otago Daily Times