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
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.'
Congenial Listening Experience
22. Jun 2016 Aalener Kulturjournal, Aalen
A detailed account of the afternoon at Villa Stützel "Musikalisches Rendezvous" on 19th June 2016, including various photographs, has been published at Aalener Kulturjournal. Reviewer Herbert Kullmann has spared no effort to describe the exclusive atmosphere at Villa Stützel painting a lively picture of the event. A translated extract of the article will be added later.
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.