Sibelius writes fan mail
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Sibelius: 15 facts about the great composer
4. Sibelius writes fan mail
Sibelius's Violin Concerto was the one work the composer would have loved to have played himself. But his performance technique did not keep pace with his compositional genius. It remains one of the greatest violin concertos ever written. The violinist Ida Haendel, pictured, actually received a letter of appreciation from Sibelius after he heard her performance of the work.