Steuart Bedford

Critical acclaim for Steuart Bedford recording of Peter Grimes

12 September 2013

Steuart Bedford’s recording on Signum Classics of Peter Grimes, which was performed in the ground-breaking production on Aldeburgh Beach at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival, has been garnering considerable critical acclaim.

In his review in The Times, Michael Kennedy writes: “This performance was one of the finest heard during the 70 years of the opera’s existence. I have never heard it conducted with such electrifying power, care for detail and elemental emotion as Steuart Bedford brought to the score.”

In The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen reviews: “Steuart Bedford conducts with the crisp, focused precision that one might expect from someone whose expertise in the music goes back 50 years”, whilst Fiona Maddocks comments in The Observer: “The musicians manage to evoke the salty east winds in a gripping account in which every word is audible, the orchestral playing and choral work superb. If this were my only Grimes recording, I would be happy.”

Hugh Canning writes in The Sunday Times: “The sense of community in this performance is palpable, thanks above all to the conductor, a close associate of the composer and one of his most passionate advocates. He gets amazing playing from the young “emerging professionals” of the Britten-Pears Orchestra and his carefully chosen cast work together as a team to create a wonderful ensemble… A fine memento of a thrilling performance.” 

Steuart Bedford is recognised as one of today's leading Britten experts as a result of his collaboration with the composer, including conducting the world premiere of Death in Venice in 1973. He has conducted the composer’s operas in the major opera houses around the world.