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2009 debut by the British female electric string quartet. Escala, comprised of violinists Victoria Lyon and Izzy Johnston, viola player Chantal Leverton and cellist Tasya Hodges were finalists on Britain's Got Talent 2008. The four girls became close friends after being recruited as part of a large string section for a UK arena tour by boyband McFly, and decided to work together to create a new musical phenomenon. Escala's debut album features the girls' personal twist on tracks such as 'Live And Let Die' by Wings, 'Kashmir' (featuring Slash) by Led Zeppelin and Escala's signature tune, 'Palladio.' The album was produced by Grammy-Award winning British musician Trevor Horn (Cher, Seal, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Charlotte Church).

1. Requiem For A Tower
2. Palladio
3. Kashmir
4. Finding Beauty
5. Children
6. Live And Let Die
7. Chi Mai
8. Feeling Good
9. Sarabande
10. Clubbed To Death
11. Adagio For Strings

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B001XURI1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By William Holmes VINE VOICE on March 7, 2010
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The comparisons between "Bond" and "Escala" are inevitable and well covered in other Amazon reviews--each group is a "pop" string quartet consisting of four beautiful and talented young musicians. Although I enjoy the work of both groups, I find Escala's work to be more intense and haunting.

Bond often offers a cheerful, upbeat interpretation of the piece they are playing--not a bad thing, but a little different from what Escala does. Escala displays a darker and, to me at least, more moving sensibility. Pieces like "Requiem for a Tower," "Sarabande," and "Adagio for Strings" are powerful and intense, and you can get a sense of what I mean just by listening to Amazon's sampler for this album. My favorite track is the quartet's relentless version of "Palladio", the piece composed by Karl Jenkins (of Adiemus fame) for de Beer's "Diamonds are Forever, People are Just Shadows" commercials. To hear how Escala differs from Bond, compare each group's version of "Kashmir," the Led Zeppelin standby.

I'm looking forward to future offerings from Escala and highly recommend this CD!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dale R. Carpenter on November 19, 2009
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There are several all female string quartets out there, but as for music, this one is the cream of the crop. I like their careful blend of classical style and modern, without the drone of dance style music. There is a good mix of soft and loud, slow and fast music. I also like that I can hear all of the stings due to the really good music arrangements. I cant wait for their next CD to come out and even better yet if they will go on tour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Flagg on November 13, 2009
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Very exciting music! It rocks!
I am not educated in music, but I do like a wide variety of genres. I really enjoy this whole CD, especially PALLADIO and KASHMIR. I would call it Classical Rock.
I did get a BOND CD Explosive: The Best of Bond, since it was reviewed as being better. I thought there to be much more variety in the sound of the songs in ESCALA.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By MJF on June 26, 2009
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Been there, done that as they say. Trevor Horn/Escala are Mike Batt/Bond wanna-be's but it's a good effort none the less. All the sales hype about new and refreshing, etc., etc., is exactly that - sales hype. Classical-cross over has been around for a while and this is not new. Bond is the biggest selling string quartet of all time and if Escala is your first foray into the genre and you enjoyed it; you'll love Bond. Explosive is their "greatest hits" - start there. I give it 4 stars because I do enjoy the album, but as I said, nothing new here. As a matter fact, most of these tracks have been done by Bond.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darrell R. Duggan on December 14, 2009
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I happened to stumble upon their Britain's Got Talent audition and have been hook ever since. The CD is WONDERFUL. I cannot stop listening to it. There is not one song I do not like. Very rare in the CD world. They have moved me to being very proud of them, even if I am in the USA! Wonderful, is not even adequate. I am a fan forever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Texaspride on July 2, 2009
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I didn't know who they were until I saw them on Oprah and then I couldn't wait to get their CD. I even made sure to put the release date on my calendar. Their music is the kind that gives you goose bumps when you hear it. The power behind it really takes your breath away and I honestly can't wait to hear what they do next! Buy it today and broaden your musical horizons!! I've never posted a review for anything else up to this point, that's how strongly I feel about them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fajita on June 28, 2009
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Yes, you've heard most of these tunes performed by others, but this cd.... WOW. I'd suggest buying the mp3's so you can immediately transfer them over to your mp3 player for enjoyment during your walk or workout. Escala's presentation of the classical pieces is breathtaking. Crank it up and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coreen vdw on September 12, 2009
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This album of Escala is wonderful!! These women are amazing musicians and their album is very relaxing and beautiful!! Well worth checking into for yourself!!!! (I think the British have talent, too!)
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