Scarlatti Fever

Highly contagious! Rhythmic energy, repetitive patterns and daring harmonies make the harpsichord sparkle in this virtuoso programme of keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and his contemporaries, performed by Medea Bindewald.

Radiating exuberant joy as well as an underlying melancholy, the music breathes a distinctive Iberian air. Elements of traditional Spanish and Portuguese dance movements found their way into the sonatas, and sometimes the sounds of castanets and guitars seem to emerge from the harpsichord… 

The Italian-born composer Domenico Scarlatti, son of the opera composer Alessandro Scarlatti, became well-known across Europe after the print of his set of 30 ‘Essercizi per Gravicembalo’ in 1738, virtually generating a Scarlatti cult in London.  No fewer than 555 sonatas are extant today of which Medea Bindewald has chosen a selection. The programme also features works by the Portuguese composers Carlos Seixas and Jacinto do Sacramento as well as Scarlatti’s London friend, the Irishman Thomas Roseingrave, organist at St. George’s Hanover Square. Fireworks of keyboard artistry unfold in Antonio Soler’s famous ‘Fandango’, an improvisatory work based upon a mesmerising two bar bass ostinato.

When? Tuesday 11th February 2020 6.30pm Tickets: £15,  Handel & Hendrix in London, Tel: 0207 399 1953
Where? Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

The harpsichordist Medea Bindewald is no stranger to Handel & Hendrix in London. She was featured as ‘Musician of the Month’ by the Museum in October 2014 and has rehearsed and performed at the venue frequently since. Critics attest to her ‘mature artistry’, ‘expert virtuosity and perfect control of sound’ (Diapason No. 658). In her artistic work, she enjoys venturing into areas beyond the mainstream.

She has a special interest in the harpsichord repertoire with accompaniment for the violin which she has been delighted to explore in partnership with the baroque violinist Nicolette Moonen. This is also reflected in her two CDs, released by Coviello Classics: Jacques Duphly, pièces de clavecin (2014) and Jacob Kirkman, Lessons & Sonatas (2017). Both recordings have received great international acclaim, being awarded 5 de Diapason by the French magazine Diapason, amongst others.

In 2019, Medea embarked on an exciting new journey collaborating with the British artist Kate Beaugié for an innovative crossover project ‘Music and Light Symbiosis’ at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford in November 2019.

Medea studied harpsichord in Freiburg and Cologne, where she graduated with distinction in 2001, followed by a post graduate soloist exam in 2003. In the same year, she won second prize at the Deutscher Hochschulwettbewerb in Saarbrücken. She attended various master classes, e. g. with Gustav Leonhardt, and was awarded scholarships from the International Handel Academy Karlsruhe and the European Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Montepulciano. Her concert career has taken her to numerous European music festivals and concert series, including Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz, Festival de Música Antiga Barcelona, Tage Alter Musik Bamberg, Schlosskonzerte Bad Krozingen, Bruchsaler Schlosskonzerte, Heidelberger Frühling, Stour Music, and Horniman Museum London. Medea made live appearances on BBC Radio Leicester and on German radio’s live programme TonArt (WDR3). In 2016, she was Guest Editor of the British Harpsichord Society’s online magazine Sounding Board. Last year’s spring edition of the Harpsichord and Fortepiano magazine featured an interview with Medea on the topic of ‘Women in Early Music’. From 2003 to 2010 she taught at the University of Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig.

Further information about the artist can be found on www.medeabindewald.com.
Photo: Hollis Photography

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