Daniel Kidane’s Sirens a"pulsating, foot-tapping” success

2 May 2016

Congratulations to Daniel Kidane whose latest composition Sirens has been met with top-class reviews.  Commissioned by the BBC and given its premiere by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Gourlay, the critics have been unanimous in their verdict:

“Daniel Kidane’s Sirens plunged from sonnets 153 to 154 to a pulsating, foot-tapping Mancunian nocturne, topped off with a quesy morning-after.” – Geoff Brown, The Times

“…well-attuned to the homoeroticism of Shakespeare’s poems; creating a febrile sense of a heady cruise through Manchester’s gay village. Daniel Kidane’s propulsive, eclectic piece, Sirens, soaked up influences of jungle, dubstep and R&B sampled from a trawl through the city after dark.” – Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

“Grit, certainly, in a score infused with animal energy and visceral drive, but despite the frenetic ride through that myriad landscape of club scene hommages, it was mapped and navigated with meticulous control; the orchestration, characterised by a transparency of instrumental texture, was handled not just with rhythmic wit but also a searing clarity of purpose.” – Pamela Nash, bachtrack.com

To listen to Sirens performed live from the Bridgewater Hall please click here.

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