Platterback

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
A musical theater piece, Platterback was written by Kate libretto and Mike Westbrook music for a commission by Blackheath Concert Halls, premiered in June 1998, recorded six months later, and finally released on CD in October 2001. The plot: a man and a woman are on a train to the city of Platterback. He is a conscript going to the army camp in Platterback, leaving his sweetheart behind in the country. She is cook to the British Ambassador in the city and cannot wait to get back to her duties. They will pit together the pros and cons of rural and urban life, in the end finding some understanding of the other's position. The piece's main interest does not reside in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
A musical theater piece, Platterback was written by Kate libretto and Mike Westbrook music for a commission by Blackheath Concert Halls, premiered in June 1998, recorded six months later, and finally released on CD in October 2001. The plot: a man and a woman are on a train to the city of Platterback. He is a conscript going to the army camp in Platterback, leaving his sweetheart behind in the country. She is cook to the British Ambassador in the city and cannot wait to get back to her duties. They will pit together the pros and cons of rural and urban life, in the end finding some understanding of the other's position. The piece's main interest does not reside in the story, rather linear and unimaginative, but in the instrumentation Westbrook used to accompany it. Only three musicians are on-stage and on record: accordionist Karen Street, cellist Stanley Adler, and pianist Mike Westbrook. Kate Westbrook and John Winfield sing the parts of the female and male characters. The music embraces cabaret, musical theater, and more impressionistic passages. The choice of instruments and the general idea of the story recall in part David Thomas' Mirror Man, but the two works could hardly sound more different. Platterback is musical entertainment for the jazz bourgeoisie: intelligent, pleasing, and just enough liberal in its form to keep it interesting. The pianist has written more important works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Jazzprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388306022
  • Catalog Number: 117
  • Sales rank: 267,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stiltsville (0:40)
  2. 2 Riding Down to Platterback (4:01)
  3. 3 Strafe Me With Friendly Fire (7:06)
  4. 4 Love Letter from Stiltsville (5:32)
  5. 5 Boiled Beef (6:36)
  6. 6 My Sum and Substance (4:53)
  7. 7 The Stiltsville Yodel (5:08)
  8. 8 The Streams of Lovely Lucienne (11:28)
  9. 9 Country V. City (4:18)
  10. 10 You Need Me (2:54)
  11. 11 Platterback Train (4:03)
  12. 12 Tragedy of a City (4:45)
  13. 13 Platterback (6:10)
  14. 14 My Friend Moon (4:21)
  15. 15 Riding Out from Platterback (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Westbrook Primary Artist, Piano, Tuba, Voices
Kate Westbrook Voices
Stanley Adler Cello, Voices
John Winfield Voices
Technical Credits
Kate Westbrook Logo
Mark Chamberlain Engineer
Chris Wilson Graphic Design
Nick White Cover Photo, Digital Manipulation
John Winfield Producer
Paul Zauner Executive Producer
Wolfgang Grossebner Digital Artwork
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