Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op. 113
I. Nicht schnell
IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck
Lyda Chen, viola
Martha Argerich, piano
Here, the very formidable mother-daughter duo of Argerich and Chen perform Schumann’s substantial contribution to viola literature. The movements are loosely based on scenes from various German fairy tales—including those of Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty—though Schumann recorded the specific references only tangentially in his journals.