Edvard Grieg

Biography

Born: 1843   Died: 1907   Country: Norway   Period: Romantic
Composer Edvard Grieg, the icon of Norwegian music, left his home in Bergen, Norway to study at the conservatory in Leipzig. There he began his formal musical education under the auspices of Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Carl Reinecke (composition). While in school, the young composer saw the premiere of his first work, his String Quartet in D minor, performed in Karlshamn, Sweden. Despite being diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis, which left him Read more with only one functioning lung, Grieg graduated from the conservatory in 1862. The composer had an intense desire to develop a national style of composition, but recognized the importance of becoming well versed in the work of the European masters, and consequently relocated to Copenhagen, studying with Niels Gade. He was thus able to remain in Scandanavia, while working in a thriving cultural center. In 1867 against his family's better judgment, Grieg married his cousin Nina Hagerup, a talented pianist, but whose vocal abilities enchanted the composer even more. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Oslo, where Grieg supported them by teaching piano and conducting. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe and it was during a period of time spent in Denmark, the composer wrote his landmark opus, the Piano Concerto in A minor. The premiere was given in 1869, with Edmund Neupert as the soloist. The piece was received with an enthusiasm that would attach itself to the composer's reputation for the remainder of his career.

Grieg admired his literary contemporaries and forged a productive partnership with Bjötjerne Björnson, playwright and poet, with whom he staged performances of such works as Before a Southern Convert, and Bergliot. While Björnson struggled with his output, Grieg met and befriended Henrik Ibsen. The forthcoming collaboration would prove significant for both, as Grieg would supply incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The premiere was performed to critical acclaim and eventually led to Grieg's scoring of Peer Gynt into Suites 1 and 2 (1888 and 1893 respectively).

As a result of the success of Peer Gynt, Grieg enjoyed tremendous celebrity and continued to travel extensively, often meeting internationally renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Liszt, among others. In addition to a grant he was awarded in 1874, Grieg was able to earn the majority of his money by adhering to a vigorous schedule of recital tours. He served briefly as the music director of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, and from 1880-1882, held the same position at the Bergen Harmonien. In 1885, Grieg and his wife relocated once again, this time to his native Bergen, Norway, where he built their celebrated home, Troldhaugen. The property, a popular tourist destination to this day, features a secondary building overlooking the water, which the composer used as his work area, as he could only work in solitude. He and his wife summered in Norway and departed each fall for European tours that would last the remainder of the year. Grieg also conducted extensively throughout his country.

Grieg was adored wherever he traveled and lived at a pace that would eventually catch up with him. Grieg died of chronic fatigue, with much credit given to his lifelong health problems, in his hometown of Bergen.

Norway's most famous composer, dedicated his career to the pursuit of a national sound. The respect he had for his predecessors illustrates the sincerity with which he worked towards this goal. He wrote in the Romantic tradition with, in his own words, the determination to "create a national form of music, which could give the Norwegian people an identity." Read less
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto... / O’Hora, Ermler, Judd
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1218   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg & Sibelius Favorites / Mackerras
Release Date: 07/17/2012   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1191   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55

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    Sibelius: Symphonies... / Bernstein, New York
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502614 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Phyllis Curtis,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & No. 2
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 03/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Georg Singer,  Vilmos Tátrai
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Sibelius, Grieg, Nielsen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002120302 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vaclav Neumann: Early Recordings, 1953-1968
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4133 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Chuchro,  Vera Soukupová,  Yvonne Loriod
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Film Symphony Orchestra,  Brno Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Complete Orchestral Works / Engeset
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 508015 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Edmund Neupert
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen,  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir,  Malmö Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto... / O’Hora, Ermler, Judd
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1218 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Werke Von Edvard Grieg Und Lars-erik Larsson
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319288 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Lars-Erik Larsson
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381311 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Tomas Daukantas,  Vilija Poskute
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Pieces / Ermler, Talmi, RPO, Israel CO
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94402 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Haakon Austbö
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto / Kovacevich, Blomstedt, Davis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706702 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner, Ohlsson
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94610 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol 1 / Aadland, WDR SO Koln
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92651 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bizet: Carmen Suites; Grieg / Ermler, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28020 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory / Ormandy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38126 Release Date: 04/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Romantic Orchestral Masterpieces / Rilling, Gielen, Marriner, Sanderling, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98540 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Edvard Grieg,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites;  Ippolitoff-ivanoff, Et Al /Slatkin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67099 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Concert Arts Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1740/2 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Ingebjörg Kosmo,  Stĺle Bjornhaug,  Svein Sturla Hungnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kor Vest,  Bergen Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 21.
    Karajan - The Legendary Decca Recordings - Brahms, Adam, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001078802 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites;  Nielsen: Alladin, Etc / Blomstedt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425857 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Engeset, Dam-Jensen, Knudsen, Malmö Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570236 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Grieg: Complete Solo Piano Music / Knardahl, Derwinger
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen
    Performer:  Love Derwinger,  Eva Knardahl,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Conductor:  Jun'ichi Hirokami,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Ruud, Bergen PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1591 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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