Debussy wrote the Danses sacrée et profane as a commission for a new kind of harp – the chromatic harp. Though we don’t see this instrument too much these days (it’s tricky to play), this piece has become a staple of the chamber ensemble repertoire. Hear BSO Principal Harpist Jessica Zhou with violinists Masuko Ushioda and Amy Galluzzo, violist DJ Cheek, cellist Mickey Katz, and bassist DaeHee Choo in a stunning rendition of the Danses on this week’s podcast.
Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
Masuko Ushioda and Amy Galluzzo, violin; DJ Cheek, viola; Mickey Katz, cello; DaeHee Choo, double bass; Jessica Zhou, harp.
Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on September 28, 2012.
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