A toast to the great man! I love his symphonies, but the 5th has always been a favourite. Listening to it right now! Never could make much sense of the 6th, Benjamin Britten wondered if Sibelius was drunk when he wrote it.
Sibelius will always live in my heart for his magnificent Violin Concerto with a finale that Tovey memorably called 'a Polonaise for polar bears'.
The Sibelius Violin Concerto from 1905 is a seminal work of the 20th century, only matched 5 years later by Elgar's gorgeous contribution. But the 1930's gave us Stravinsky (1931), Berg (1935), and Bartok (1937). A rich harvest, if none of them particularly displace Sibelius and Elgar.
I visited Finland in April of 2003, but missed the opening of the Sibelius home for the season by two weeks.