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Songs without Words: Airs & Torch Songs Transformed, Les Delices performs Home Page

Christ Church
Zero Garden St.
Cambridge, Mass.    Venue Information

Monday April 3, 2017 7:30 PM

Debra Nagy, a baroque oboist of "consummate taste and expressivity," founded Les Delices in Cleveland in 2006, bringing together artists with national reputations who share a passion for the exquisite music of the French baroque. Their polished, dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works draw rapturous reviews. CSEM audiences heard Debra Nagy together with Blue Heron in 2015, and her extraordinary performances left us hoping she would return.

With a musical approach that's "distinctly sensual, pliant, warm, and sweet" (The New York Times), Ms. Nagy expands the repertoire for her instrument with timeless songs whose emotionally-charged melodies stir the passions and inspire improvisation with echoes of jazz. Accompanied by a lush continuo band of viola da gamba, theorbo, and harpsichord, she breathes new life into torch songs from the 17th to 20th centuries in this program of original arrangements and improvisations. Baroque music by Lambert, Rameau, Lully, Marais, Bacilly, De Bossuet, & Chabanceau, with Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin, Sondheim, Jerome Kern, Nina Simone, McCartney & others.

Songs without Words: Program

Wordless Song
Eric Milnes: Prelude (improvisation)
Marin Marais: Les Voix humaines

Feeling Wistful
Jean-Baptiste de Bousset: Pourquoi dous rossignol
Johnny Mandel: Emily
Billy Strayhorn: A Flower is a lovesome thing

Chains of Love
Aretha Franklin (arr. Milnes): Chain of Fools
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Recit de beaute

Patsy Cline/Willie Nelson, arr. Pat O'Brien: Crazy
Folies d'espagne after Marin Marais, arr. Les Delices
Edith Piaf: La Foule


Love's First Blush
Paul McCartney, arr. Lenti: I've just seen a face
de Bousset: De mes soupirs
Erroll Garner/Johnny Burke: Misty

Secret Love - Burning Passion
Bénigne de Bacilly/Hotteterre: Rochers je ne veux point
Michel Lambert: D'un feu secret

Jean-Philippe Rameau, arr. Lenti: Tristes apprets from Castor et Pollux
Stephen Sondheim: Send in the Clowns

Never give up
Marais: Prelude in a minor (Book 4, #23)
Nina Simone: Tomorrow is my turn

I wouldn't have it any other way
Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre: J'avois jure
Lambert: Vos mespris
Joseph Kosma/ Johnny Mercer: Autumn Leaves

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The Cambridge Society for Early Music
P.O. Box 380-336
Cambridge, MA 02238-0336
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