Steuart Bedford

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Steuart John Rudolf Bedford, OBE (born 31 July 1939, London) is a British orchestral and opera conductor and pianist. He is the brother of composer David Bedford and of singer Peter Lehmann Bedford and a grandson of Liza Lehmann.

Bedford is particularly associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, and conducted the world premiere of Death in Venice in 1973. Bedford has also conducted Britten's other operas, and made an orchestral suite of music from Death in Venice. Between 1974 and 1998, he was one of the Artistic Directors of the Aldeburgh Festival. In 1989, he became joint artistic director with Oliver Knussen. His other work in contemporary opera has included conducting the 1996 world premiere in Monte Carlo of Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray, and also the 1999 US premiere.

Bedford has conducted several commercial recordings of Britten operas, including the first recording of Death in Venice (Decca), as well as The Turn of the Screw (Collins Classics, since reissued on Naxos) He has also recorded his Death in Venice suite and the major vocal cycles by Britten.

Bedford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Albert Herring Benjamin Britten; Northern Sinfonia, Steuart Bedford 1
2001 Rhapsody in Blue / Piano Concerto in F / An American in Paris George Gershwin; Daniel Blumenthal, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford 1
2003 The English Song Series, Volume 6: Vedic Hymns / Four Songs for Voice and Violin / Humbert Wolfe Songs Gustav Holst; Susan Gritton, Philip Langridge, Christopher Maltman, Louisa Fuller, Steuart Bedford 1
2003 St. Nicolas / Christ’s Nativity Benjamin Britten; Philip Langridge, Tallis Chamber Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford 1
2004 The English Song Series, Volume 7: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo / The Holy Sonnets of John Donne / Winter Words Benjamin Britten; Philip Langridge, Steuart Bedford 1
2004 The English Song Series, Volume 8: The Daisy Chain / Bird Songs / Four Cautionary Tales and a Moral Liza Lehmann; Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Toby Spence, Neal Davies, Steuart Bedford 1
2004 Les Illuminations / Our Hunting Fathers / Chansons Francaises Britten; Felicity Lott, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford 1
2005 The English Song Series, Volume 13: Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 2 Britten; Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, BBC Singers, Northern Sinfonia, Steuart Bedford, Simon Joly 1
Clarinet Concertos Gerald Finzi, Aaron Copland; Northern Sinfonia, Steuart Bedford, George MacDonald 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Albert Herring Steuart Bedford 1

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