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Ensemble Pampinea

Wednesday 8th November 2023, 7.00pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

The musicians of Ensemble Pampinea met one another during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Here they had the opportunity to explore the extensive repertoire of medieval music and to learn about the possibilities of a colourful arrangement through the use of various historical instruments. The trio plays recorder, fiddle, pipe and tabor, double recorder, as well as organetto. With the programme entitled ‘Fortuna, will you spare us?’, the ensemble presents the repertoire of Ars Nova and Ars Subtilior in a charming interaction with the audience, who decide the fates of the concert.

Fiona Kizzie Lee, Maruša Brezavšček and Vojtěch Jakl are prize winners in the early music scene. Their musical achievement is enhanced by the musicological research of Fiona Kizzie Lee, who is currently writing her doctoral thesis in musicology at the University of Zurich. In November 2022, Ensemble Pampinea won first prize in the LIFEM Young Ensemble Competition, this being their winners’ recital. The Ensemble is also one of the four finalist groups selected to play in the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci in June 2023. In August 2022, the ensemble was invited to perform its programme ‘Boccaccio's Decameron’ in Slovenia, at Muzej občine Šenčur and at Cerkev sv. Florijana, Ljubljana.


Programme - Wednesday 8th November 2023, 7.00pm

Fortuna, will you spare us?

In the face of Fortuna, anything is possible. Also, everything can be impossible, as Fortuna desires.
Our dear audience, you will play Fortuna’s role in this concert, and decide our fate for us: alas, the die is in your hands!

Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
De fortune me doy pleindre                        

1. Hope and Uncertainty  

Guillaume de Machaut
Esperance qui m’asseure
Guillaume de Machaut
Quant je suis mis
Matheus de Perusio (fl. 1400-1416)
A qui fortune
Guillaume de Machaut
Tres douce dame
Anonymous [I-Tn MS J.II.9 (Cypriot-French), f. 107]  
Puisque amé sui doulcement
2. Happiness and Sweetness    
Anonymous [Chantilly Codex, f. 14]
Tres douce, playsant figure
Anonymous, I-FZc 117, f. 43
Jour a jour la vie
Guillaume de Machaut
Douce dame jolie
Anonymous [F-Pnm Français 844; Chansonnier du Roi]                                        
La seconde estampie royal
3. Pain and Despair  
Guillaume de Machaut
Biaute qui toutes autres père
Guillaume de Machaut
Ay mi! dame de valour
Anonymous [Chantilly Codex, f. 29v]
Ha, Fortune
Johannes Ciconia (b. ca 1370; †1412)
Merce o morte
Guillaume de Machaut
Je vivroie liement
Guillaume de Machaut
Ma fin est mon commencement
Fiona Kizzie Lee, organetto, medieval recorder, pipe and tabor, double recorder
Maruša Brezavšček, medieval recorder
Vojtěch Jakl, medieval fiddle