Medea Bindewald seduces us [...] with the delicacy, the fire and the conviction of an accomplished artist.
Diapason no. 626
Having played the harpsichord since she was eight years old, Medea Bindewald belongs to the small group of "native speakers" on this instrument. Her performances are essentially characterised by her fine, dynamic touch, a natural flow and, above all, the idea to "play from the soul" as postulated by C.P.E. Bach in his treatise Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (The Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments).
Born inGermany, Europe
Home LocationLoughborough, United Kingdom
attended UniversitiesHochschule für Musik Freiburg, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
EXTRAORDINARY INTENSITY - MEDEA BINDEWALD'S SOLO RECITAL 'EXOTIC WORLDS'
26. Jun 2017 Aalener Kulturjournal and Schwäbische Post, Aalen
What Medea Bindewald brings out of her double manual harpsichord is unique. As soon as Bindewald plays, she enters a symbiotic relationship with her instrument. Her entire body language strives towards the right sound. […] Right from the opening pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, she gives us an insight into the varied sound world of the harpsichord. (Schwäbische Post 26.6.17)
Medea Bindewald, well-known and cherished throughout Europe from numerous performances at festivals and summer cultural events, shone in her interpretation of the tempestuous runs and the exuberant cascades of sound. […] The ease with which the rapid runs were played and the structural shaping of the pieces made the concert a great experience. (Schwäbische Post 26.6.17)
It is not simply the perfection and brilliance of her playing that is charming, but also the extraordinary intensity with which the music resonates. Medea Bindewald approaches the French masters melodically, song-like, sparklingly and with great dexterity. With Mozart the mode of expression is carefully differentiated […]. And thus Bindewald's "Exotic Worlds" prove literally to be kind of borderless world music, in a manner which would certainly have delighted Mozart. (Aalener Kulturjournal June 2017)
Author: Herbert Kullmann/Aalener Kulturjournal, Benedikt Walther and Johannes Müller/Schwäbische Post, translation from German: Jeremy Leaman
Elegance, Esprit and Charm
16. Feb 2017 WDR3 TonArt German Broadcast, CD review, Köln
Skilfully, pianist Medea Bindewald plays with the potential [of the Broadwood square piano]. She shapes the melodic phrases with great taste, her fingers moving elegantly and versatilely across the ancient keys.
29. Jun 2015 musica Dei donum
Medea Bindewald has made a representative selection from Duphly's four books, and delivers splendid performances. I especially like her subtle application of the notes inégales, for instance in La Forqueray which opens her programme. La Pouthouïn receives a quite dramatic performance.Nicolette Moonen is responsible for the colourful performance of the ad libitum violin parts.
5 de Diapason for CD Jacques Duphly, Pièces de Clavecin (Coviello Classics)
01. Jul 2014 Diapason no. 626, Montrouge Cedex, France
[...] Medea Bindewald seduces us with her performance on a fine harpsichord of the French school [...], that she plays with the delicacy, the fire and the conviction of an accomplished artist. The original ideas about registration, which are applied with discretion, as well as her subtle work on the jeu inégal show that the delicate development of the interpretation of French music often comes from our neighbouring friends…
The added ornaments refresh the ways in which we listen. The sense of construction is as admirable in the sizeable Chaconne as it is in the modest yet touching Rondeau in C. La Médée deploys a wonderful vigour without ever yielding to brutality.
Supported by the excellent [violinist] Nicolette Moonen, the German harpsichordist presents a remarkable version of the pieces with violin, which is sensitive to the dance as well as to the theatrical dimensions of the musical language. This beautiful version will be ranked equal to the complete recording by Christophe Rousset.
Author: Philippe Ramin
Radio Review of CD Jacques Duphly, Pièces de Clavecin
27. Mar 2014 SWR2 Alte Musik, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Medea Bindewald [...] plays this music with the ideal blend of tenderness and drive, with a lot of taste and feeling for the wide range of nuances, which – as is so often the case with French music – only make their appearance in between the lines.