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Escala Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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ESCALA, the gorgeous electric string quartet who caused a sensation in the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2008, finally unleash their astonishing, Trevor Horn produced debut album on the 25th May. Fusing contemporary sounds with classical instruments, ESCALA boast the freshest and most innovative sound of the year and are destined to take the international charts by ... Read more in Amazon's Escala Store

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  • 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 (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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).

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escala: Bond with Darker Intensity 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Escala- I love this CD! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT ALL 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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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Such incredible talent!! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen!! October 22, 2009
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Great music that can be enjoyed by every generation! This CD is exciting and fresh.Escala
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escala soars! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Escala's Second CD
One of my favorite instrumental CDs. I play this in my car on long road trips. Wish Escala would release a 2nd CD.
Published 3 days ago by A shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice, quick delivery
Published 24 days ago by Sue Geer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!
I wish that this group had more albums. They are truly remarkable. I Love the combination of classical and contemporary.
Published 1 month ago by J. C. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
I have always love listening to a string quartet but to me, this group is breathtaking. I listen to this when I am stressed & also when I work out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HLT
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
The whole CD is very good. It is really nice background music for get togethers or while reading a book.
Published 1 month ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Escala
These young ladies were on "Britain's Got Talent". The way they play violin and cello, they must have come in first or second place the year they competed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. R. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars ESCALA
Published 3 months ago by Martin E. Zahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album of strings.
Love this album! Inspiring and beautiful songs performs with strings. I recognize many of the songs. A nice blend of new age, modern rock and classical.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Tomboly
4.0 out of 5 stars OK CD
I got this CD in the hopes of it sounding similar to Lindsey Stirling, but it isn't. It is pure instrumental with violins which I like, but it's nothing close to Lindsey Stirling,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Women Playing Stringed Instruments - YAY!
A great CD - beautiful songs with lots of zest and some classical undertones. A little shorter than some CD's but worth it. Love it in the car for trips - gets you going! Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. King
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