Escala

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Escala, the classical crossover string quartet from the second season of Britain's Got Talent, worked with veteran English pop producer Trevor Horn on their eponymous album debut, a wide-ranging collection of cover material. Comprised of Tasya Hodges cello, Izzy Johnston violin, Chantal Leverton viola, and Victoria Lyon violin, the ladies bear a striking resemblance to another all-female classical crossover string quartet with ties to England, the commercial powerhouse Bond. In fact, there are several songs on Escala that have also been covered by Bond on one album or another: Karl Jenkins' "Palladio," Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," Robert Miles' "Children," and Samuel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Escala, the classical crossover string quartet from the second season of Britain's Got Talent, worked with veteran English pop producer Trevor Horn on their eponymous album debut, a wide-ranging collection of cover material. Comprised of Tasya Hodges cello, Izzy Johnston violin, Chantal Leverton viola, and Victoria Lyon violin, the ladies bear a striking resemblance to another all-female classical crossover string quartet with ties to England, the commercial powerhouse Bond. In fact, there are several songs on Escala that have also been covered by Bond on one album or another: Karl Jenkins' "Palladio," Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," Robert Miles' "Children," and Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." The similarities between Escala and Bond are indeed too striking to overlook. While this might be a problem for classical crossover listeners looking for original music, it shouldn't be a problem for Bond fans who don't mind more of the same. Escala were finalists on Britain's Got Talent in 2008, after all, and they perform a wide-ranging collection of cover material on their debut album. "Palladio" and "Live and Let Die," two of the songs that Escala performed live on Britain's Got Talent, show up here in new arrangements. The version of "Kashmir" is unique in that it features Slash of Guns N' Roses on guitar. Also familiar is "Requiem for a Tower," a version of "Lux Aeterna" from the film Requiem for a Dream 2000 that was repurposed for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The remaining material ranges from George Frederick Handel's "Sarabande" to Ennio Morricone's "Chi Mai," and though some of it borders on obscurity, none of the material is original. Actually, there's not much original about Escala. They're good at what they do, but they don't do anything special that hasn't been done before, neither their style nor the material they cover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974742326
  • Catalog Number: 747423
  • Sales rank: 11,436

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Requiem for a Tower (1:59)
  2. 2 Palladio (3:54)
  3. 3 Kashmir (3:25)
  4. 4 Finding Beauty (3:21)
  5. 5 Children (4:28)
  6. 6 Live and Let Die (2:55)
  7. 7 Chi Mai (3:40)
  8. 8 Feeling Good (4:01)
  9. 9 Sarabande (2:37)
  10. 10 Clubbed to Death (4:56)
  11. 11 Adagio for Strings (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Escala Primary Artist
Ian Thomas Drums
Lol Creme Guitar
Earl Harvin Drums
Trevor Horn Bass, Guitar, Piano
Steve Lipson Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac Guitar, Sampling
Phil Palmer Guitar
Slash Guitar
Simon Hale Conductor
John Shanks Guitar
Chris Elliott Piano, Conductor, Harpsichord
Tom Norris Violin
Pete Murray Piano, Conductor, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Chris Elliot Piano, Conductor, Harpsichord
Ash Soan Percussion, Drums
Thomas Carroll Cello
Jenny O'Grady Choir Director, Choir Master
Metro Singers Vocals
Fiona Winning Viola
Technical Credits
Samuel Barber Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Mark Curry Composer
Craig Armstrong Composer
John Bonham Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Trevor Horn Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Karl Jenkins Composer
Gary Langan Engineer
Steve MacMillan Engineer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Linda McCartney Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Tim Weidner Programming, Engineer
Simon Hale Arranger, Orchestration
Clint Mansell Composer
Chris Elliott Arranger, Programming
Roberto Concina Composer
Everton Nelson Orchestra Leader
Perry Mason Orchestra Leader
Rob Dougan Composer
Pete Murray Arranger, Programming, Orchestration
Chris Elliot Arranger, Programming, Orchestration
Graham Archer Programming
Sam Farr Programming
Magnus Johnstone Programming, Audio Production
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    beautiful talent

    Saw these talented artists on Oprah today, magnificent, wish this was on DVD, they are spectacular performers, will purchase this music for myself and as a gift.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic CD

    Great new artist. Has the sound of Bond and Vanessa Mae only different. Very enjoyable with a wide variety of music.

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