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Escala Audio CD
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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 (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B001XURI1U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Requiem For A TowerEscala 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. PalladioEscala 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. KashmirEscala Feat. Slash 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Finding BeautyEscala 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. ChildrenEscala 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Live And Let DieEscala 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chi MaiEscala 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Feeling GoodEscala 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. SarabandeEscala 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Clubbed To DeathEscala 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Adagio For StringsEscala 4:160.99  Buy MP3 


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Classical crossover quartet Escala (formerly Scala) rose to fame after reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent in 2008. Comprised of Victoria Lyon and Izzy Johnston (on violin), Chantal Leverton (viola) and Tasya Hodges (cello), their debut album has been produced by the one and only Grammy-winning Trevor Horn (Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Charlotte Church). Escala mixes highbrow classical compositions with accessible pop songs, offering a diverse array of music that spans Barber’s "Adagio for Strings", Handel’s "Sarabande" plus Wings’ "Live & Let Die" and Robert Miles’ "Children". More unlikely are the appearance of Rob Dougan’s "Clubbed To Death", Led Zeppelin’s "Kashmir" and Craig Armstrong’s haunting "Finding Beauty". The range is suitably impressive, and though these ladies don’t like pushing the envelope overly much, they do create a mood of lingering elegance and class. --Danny McKenna

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Escala, the divine electric string quartet who caused a sensation in the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2008, finally unleash their astonishing debut album. Fusing contemporary sounds with classical instruments, Escala boast the freshest and most innovative sound of the year. Featuring the "Chi Mai" theme by Ennio Morricone, Craig Armstrong’s haunting "Finding Beauty", Led Zeppelin’s "Kashmir", "Children", by the Swiss Italian DJ Robert Miles, "Live and Let Die" by Wings and Escala’s signature tune, "Palladio", the eclectic collection showcases the girls’ wide-ranging love of modern music. The album has been produced by iconic, Grammy Award-winning British musician Trevor Horn, famed for his work with Cher, Seal, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Charlotte Church, Mike Oldfield and many others.
Escala are violinists Victoria Lyon and Izzy Johnston. Chantal Leverton, a viola player and cellist Tasya Hodges, complete the line up. The ladies are deadly serious about their music, playing both acoustic and electric instruments and bringing stylish high-octane showmanship to their performances.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Whilst not forgetting that there are already artists who do a similar thing - Bond, anyone? - Escala (formerly known as Scala before their rise to fame) are one of the classier music acts to come out of Britian's Got Talent and their album doesn't disappoint, with some great tunes, many of which you may recognise from use in films, or as background music in television shows or adverts.

"Requiem for a Tower" - The tower in question is because this song was used in a Lord of The Rings film trailer, I'm told, but you'll have heard this music numerous times on television programmes such as, erm, Britain's Got Talent.

"Palladio" - Although described on Amazon as "Escala's signature tune" (needless to say because they performed it on the programme), this beautiful Karl Jenkins composition was previously best known as "Allegretto" by Bond. I have to say, Escala's version is better and has more integrity, and as a track it's probably why most people will buy this album.

"Kashmir" - Brilliant storming piece featuring Slash (Guns N' Roses) on guitar. Not your typical classical music but, hey, who cares?

"Finding Beauty" - A less known song than some of the others, but a surprise highlight.

"Children" - Beautiful dance/classic fusion of the Robert Miles chillout classic. Whatever happened to him?

"Live and Let Die" - Better than you'd expect a string quartet to do, but still makes you want to dig out the Paul McCartney original. I'd have left it off, I'm afraid.

"Chi Mai" - Instantly recognisable classic staple by Ennio Morricone, done full justice by the band.

"Feeling Good" - Odd choice for the album, and perhaps doesn't work quite as well as imagined.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 26 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
These girls are stunning in more ways than one. Loved them last year on BGT and couldnt wait for this album, and I wasnt disappointed. Highlight for me is Kashmir, one of my favourite songs of all time featuring my favourite guitarist of all time, bonus! Buy it now you will not regret it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the year so far... 25 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was totally blown away by this album. When purchasing, I never expected it to be so good, but, listening to it for the first time, it turly was something special. There are no bad tracks on the album, and it crosses classical with contempary music in stunning fashion. I'd urge anyone, whatever their taste in music, to buy this simply brilliant album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Far, So Good! 22 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Escala fans have had to wait for the girl's first CD and for anyone unsure whether it is a good buy, I would say, you'll just have to try it. The quality is superb and I have no quibble with any of the artist's individual performances - together they have produced their usual sensational and professional musical portrayal.

I do have two concerns over the disc though. One is the diabolical cover - whoever persuaded them to go for that should be strung up by a spare viola string. It gives a cheap, tawdry look to what is essentially a classy product.

The second point is the mix of material on the disc. No doubt, being the first CD and being tarred to a certain extent with the 'Britains Got Talent' label it was designed to have wide appeal and the mix of rockier numbers with 'pure' classical pieces is evidence of that. For me it doesn't work. As a first attempt, I can accept it but in the future I hope that they will have the courage to go for a disc solely for the lover of classical pieces and likewise, if the market is there, a disc for the 'classic rock' afficionados. There are, of course, many other genres they could also give the 'Escala treatment' in the future.

I love the way they put their own twist and interpretation on classical pieces but for me the screechingly teeth-grating rock numbers do not appeal. I realise not everyone will agree but that is my own personal opinion.

Lastly, I was disappointed that they have not made an appearance in the Classical music charts and assume it is for the above reason. Going straight in at No.2 in the Pop Album Chart was great but I feel they would have had longer lasting success (and looking to their future, I'd have thought that should be their main aim) had they targeted the classical end of the market.

That said, having damned with faint praise, I look forward to their next offering!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to step out of Bond's shadow 28 May 2009
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It was obvious that this group were going to be successful. Why? If you look a few years back you will find the answer in the embodiment of a string-quartet named Bond. They were an enormously successful classical crossover act, one of the few that sold extremely well in America. They were exactly as Escala are now: a sexy, leggy, string-quartet that punched out popular tunes on their custom made string instruments with a multi-techno layered production. Other bands came and went whilst Bond were still active (interestingly, Wild was one of them, two members of which are now in Escala) but Bond truly had the market. Bond, however, quit whilst they were ahead and left the music scene long before the public were ready for them to do so. They were lamented, and by the time it was clear that Bond really had disappeared, the public had missed the boat with the other quartets who had since disbanded or had been dropped.

So the string-quartet has been a gap just waiting to be filled up over the past few years, and what better way to fill it than with a group that are an exact replica of Bond and burst into the scene in one of the biggest promotional shows in the UK? Yes, Escala had success served to them on a plate but are they any good?

In classic Cowell style who can only emulate and not innovate, he has simply reproduced the tried and tested formula that Bond produced. The tracklisting is desperately unoriginal with the typical crossover material such as 'Kashmir', 'Palladio' and 'Sarabande', which quite frankly, are no different to Bond's renditions. Whilst many arrangements are quite uninspired, Robert Miles's 'Children' is well executed as is the instantly recognisable 'Requiem For A Tower'.
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Published 2 days ago by the one and only
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant thank you
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. C. Stepien
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the CD
I have been adding to my back catalogue and this was a CD I always meant to buy - it did not disappoint. SUPERB !!!
Published 1 month ago by Ian Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Great music to listen too when I am working on Degree essays at home. Hope they produce a longer CD next time.
Published 2 months ago by Honeybun
4.0 out of 5 stars ESCALA
It seems like such a long time since Escala were on Britain's Got Talent. They produced this one album and since then have carved out a successful career without recording any... Read more
Published 3 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful CD
I loved this CD and it was used at our wedding, even used one of the tracks as my entrance music.
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Johannessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented
Escala have a terrific, Bond like, sound. A great album to sit back, cuddle up and share a glass of wine with, a terrific group.
Published 5 months ago by JBT
4.0 out of 5 stars Escalate
Thought this was great after hearing them on the talent show, light listening music, wish I could have afforded the for my daughters wedding
Published 6 months ago by V ewe
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Fine
One or two tracks OK, but not a great CD. I though with some of the great song on here that it would better than it was
Published 8 months ago by BMD
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant !
excellent album and great buy at this price plus free auto rip album for your computer ! and amazon player ,so two albums for the price of one ! Read more
Published 8 months ago by wayne
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