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Sibelius at Lovisa, Lebrecht Music & Arts

Sibelius Violin Concerto

How could Sibelius’s Concerto, now so popular, have had such a crazy start in life? It was partly the composer’s fault. Jean Sibelius was already contemplating a concerto for the violin, his own instrument, when he went to Berlin in November 1902 to conduct his revised En Saga. He apparently met German violinist Willy Burmester, who had Finnish connections – he was married to pianist Naëma Fazer, sister of the music publisher Konrad Fazer, and had led the Helsinki orchestra. Burmester followed the concerto’s composition closely and offered to perform it in Berlin in March 1904; but Sibelius, short of money, decided to hold the premiere earlier, in Helsinki.