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Peter Seivewright

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.[1]

Work with Galuppi's sonatas

Although he has released several recordings, including

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,";[2] others have made the same comparison to Galuppi's detriment ("the individual pieces lack the character and sparkling invention so typical of Scarlatti").[3]

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."[4] 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.)"[5]

Nevertheless, it is clear that Seivewright is performing an important service in renewing interest in Galuppi's long-neglected keyboard output, and one that should help broaden our knowledge of the composer.

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),[6] and commissioning "A Saltire Sonata" from Robert Crawford.[7] He also performed Martin Dalby's score for the ten-minute film for schoolchildren "Let's See: Winter."[8]

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."[9]

Forthcoming recordings

Seivewright's reverence for Bach may also be judged by the fact that his record label has announced that in 2008, they will release a recording of four of the composer's keyboard concertos by the pianist with the Scottish Baroque Soloists, as well as another disc including works by Elliott Carter and Miklos Rozsa.[10]


External links

  • Biography of Peter Seivewright at The Divine Art record company.
  • India, 27 October 2006.
  • Peter Seivewright page on the site of SMOLART International Artist Management Agency.

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