Lionel Friend, conductor
"In its majestic but lyrical sweep, its text-responsive handling of texture,
not to mention its exemplary pacing and structural grasp, this is one of the best-conducted performances of Götterdämmerung to come my way for a long time."
Barry Millington: Opera
"I have never before heard a performance which brought out so much of the
density of cross-reference within Boulez’s score [Le marteau sans maître]."
Paul Griffiths: The Times
"A truly inspiring performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony was given on Saturday by the
Philharmonia conducted by Lionel Friend. It was a performance, the nobility and eloquence of
which were calculated to arouse in the listener a deep sense of awe and wonderment."
Thoughts from the Podium
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