Palladio

Album: Escala (2009)
Charted: 39
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  • Escala are a female electronic string quartet who were finalists on the 2008 Britain's Got Talent series.
  • This piece was written in 1996 by former Soft Machine multi-instrumentalist, turned classical composer, Karl Jenkins. It is the first movement of the "Palladio" suite, which was inspired by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who designed numerous palaces and country houses making use of Roman classical forms, symmetry, and proportion. The Palladian architecture style was named after him.
  • The tune first came to many peoples attention through its use in a series of adverts for the diamond company DeBeers. Sky Sports also used the music for their 2008-09 football season promotional campaign. Though Escala's version was the first instance of this song charting in the UK, a number of other acts have recorded it including the Australian/British string quartet Bond and techno act Silent Nick.
  • The Escala album was produced by former Buggles and Yes member Trevor Horn.
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