Frédéric Chopin

Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This Barcarolle came in the latter part of Chopin's career, when his health was deteriorating from tuberculosis and his relationship with George Sand, one of the most successful novelists of her day, was beginning to crumble. But he remained fairly productive during this period and produced, among other compositions, this quite upbeat Barcarolle in F major. While it exhibits the rocking lilt associated with this genre of works, it does not invoke images of gondolas on waterways or other aquatic scenes. This piece is lushly Romantic throughout, both in musical style and in emotional temperament. The main theme, heard over a gentle swaying rhythm, exudes a brightness, an almost ecstatic glow in its long-breathed character and angular shape, fluttering here and turning charmingly demure there, then welling up with sweet passion before descending so elegantly. A sense of passion grows in the middle section buildup, too, but the music seems constrained here from reaching the ecstatic outpourings it alludes to until the return of the main theme, which first appears in a somewhat varied form and is played at a livelier tempo. After a reprise of it in its original guise, it reappears as the variant and leads to a passionate climax of great beauty. A lovely, playful coda closes out this masterpiece.

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    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2019
    Steinway & Sons
    STNS 30125
    2019
    Prima Facie
    PFCD 084
    2019
    Steinway & Sons
    STNS 30118
    2018
    Various Artists
    Menuetto Classics
    2018
    Divine Art
    DDL 12401
    2018
    Orchid Classics
    ORC 100092
    2018
    Glossa
    GCD 922517
    2018
    Willowhayne Records
    WHR 053
    2018
    Warner Classics
    0190295635206
    2018
    Warner Classics
    572285
    2018
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    2018
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    PH 18041
    2018
    Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler
    PH 18050
    2018
    Mediaphon
    2017
    APR (Appian)
    APR 7402
    2017
    IBA [Idil Biret Archives]
    8501503
    2017
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4796127
    2017
    Erato
    0190295869205
    2017
    Three Oranges Recordings
    3OR 25
    2017
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    SIGCD 482
    2017
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    APR 6022
    2017
    Deutsche Grammophon
    0028947980
    2017
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2017
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4797371
    2016
    Alto
    MCS 1281
    2016
    Fryderyk Chopin Institute / Nardowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina
    NIFCCD 623
    2016
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    NIFCCD 627
    2016
    Alpha
    ALPHA 224
    2016
    Warner Classics
    557388
    2016
    Fryderyk Chopin Institute
    NIFCCD 624
    2016
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    NIFCCD 617
    2016
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    4796068
    2016
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    Z 14716
    2016
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    OC 1859
    2016
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    MS 1626
    2016
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    4795404
    2016
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    4830255
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    2016
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    2016
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    2016
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    2016
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    88985321742
    2016
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    2015
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    2015
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    2015
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    2015
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    553018
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    2015
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    902164
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    4785093
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    2012
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    5099970490
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    4779963
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    1361
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    5
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    10190
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    72354
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    158
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    233130
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    6604
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    14806
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    SU4013
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    8553137
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    88697577072
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    001382602
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    2126952
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    650
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    93255
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    67706
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    2081
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    001037
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    21404
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    222913
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    13251
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    7271
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    15582
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    8869754604
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    88697575002
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    4766929
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    7651
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    9276
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    217304
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    5099950966
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    5099951489
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    27
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    68560
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    4758637
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    4776656
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    730110
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    024
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    17740
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    53749
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    731846
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    6555
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    4758592
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    5573
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    1214
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    2007
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    93320
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    40300
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    3318
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    3213
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    47
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    15040
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    7243476930
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    901721
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    2000
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    456940
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    5565
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    456970
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    452167
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    53515
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    197
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    442464
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    1045
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    423090
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    61050
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    415836
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    39708
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    KCh15-06
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    9032
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