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IN THE BORDERLANDS
Witold Lutosławski, one of the most important composers of the last century, achieved what many attempted in vain: he composed works that were simultaneously innovative, outspoken and appealing to audiences. The Double Concerto for oboe and harp, which progresses from chaos to comedy, is as attractive today as it was at its premiere forty years ago. One of Robert Schumann’s last orchestral works tells the story of Count Manfred, tormented by terrible visions. While composing the work Schumann suffered from hallucinations; he completed it not long before his own final descent into madness.