Peter Seivewright (born 1954 in Skipton, England) is a British pianist. After music studies at Oxford, he was a post-graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied piano with Ryszard Bakst.
Work with Galuppi's sonatas
Although he has released several recordings, including discs of Carl Nielsen, Victor Bendix, and Louis Glass, he is perhaps most known for his current endeavour to record all 90 of the keyboard sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi for The Divine Art record company. This has involved him in personally researching manuscripts of Galuppi's sonatas in Venice, and reportedly in editing and publishing them in due course as well.
Reviews of Seivewright's Galuppi have been varied. Some have been impressed by Galuppi's sonatas themselves, using Domenico Scarlatti as a benchmark with one reviewer calling them "far more appealing than Scarlatti sonatas,"; others have made the same comparison to Galuppi's detriment ("the individual pieces lack the character and sparkling invention so typical of Scarlatti").
Seivewright's playing has also been evaluated variously, with many reviewers applauding it. Reviewer Gerald Fenech terms him "an enthusiastic and technically accomplished pianist" who "plays with great conviction and flair in all the sonatas presented here." Kevin Sutton, however, complains that "The halting playing, lack of line tension and the image that I was listening to a pianist playing over, rather than through a composer continually disturbed me. (Glenn Gould would have been proud.)"
Work with modern composers
Seivewright has also been a champion of music by living composers, having performed Rory Boyle's piano concerto and "Moduli" (a series of piano pieces), and commissioning "A Saltire Sonata" from Robert Crawford. He also performed Martin Dalby's score for the ten-minute film for schoolchildren "Let's See: Winter."
Use of music therapy for surgical recovery
According to Britain's The Daily Telegraph, Seivewright underwent a quadruple-bypass operation in 2000, and used a work by Johann Sebastian Bach for purposes of music therapy. The Telegraph reported that Seivewright
- "was determined that if he didn't wake up, the last music he listened to would be the 'greatest music ever written': the opening orchestral movement [sic] of Bach's St Matthew Passion."
(The opening movement "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen," actually a chorus with orchestra, is evidently meant.) However, the operation was successful, and though Seivewright attributed this to his surgeon, the Telegraph commented that "Bach's music floating around in his subconscious was certainly a contributory factor."
- "Peter Seivewright (Divine Art biography page)". Divine Art website. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
- Wright, David (16 July 1996). "Baldassare GALUPPI (1706–1785): Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 25 May 2007. – Review of the first volume; page also includes a separate review by Peter Grahame Woolf.
- Crankshaw, Geoffrey. "REVIEWS: divine art 25007 Galuppi piano sonatas, vol. 2". Musical Opinion. Retrieved 25 May 2007. – Also contains reviews of the second volume from Fanfare, International Piano Magazine, etc., compiled by The Divine Art and republished at their site.
- Fenech, Gerald. "REVIEWS: divine art 25007 Galuppi piano sonatas, vol. 2". Classicalnet. Retrieved 25 May 2007. – Reviews compiled by The Divine Art and republished at their site.
- Sutton, Kevin. "REVIEWS: divine art 25007 Galuppi piano sonatas, vol. 2". Musicweb. Retrieved 25 May 2007. – Reviews compiled by The Divine Art and republished at their site.
- "Rory Boyle (b. 1951) – Full biography". Scottish Music Centre website. Retrieved 2 June 2007. External link in
- "Robert Crawford – Biography". British Academy of Composers and Songwriters website. Retrieved 2 June 2007. External link in
- "Martin Dalby – Catalogue of Works". Impulse Classical Music Website. Retrieved 2 June 2007. External link in
- Le Fanu, James (8 November 2006). ""Doctor's diary: unwanted and inescapable noise"". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 2 June 2007. External link in