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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."

Croydon Advertiser



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Thoughts from the Podium
May 2014
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