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
Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Stewart Goodyear
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30035   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Medtner: 3rd Sonatas
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Fondamenta  
Catalog: 902002   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Janacek, Kodaly / Danjulo Ishizaka, Shai Wosner
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4120   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Etc / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10287   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Kuhlau: Piano Concertos / Malling, Schonwandt
Release Date: 01/19/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9699   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55

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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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    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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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Holberg Suite
    Label: Audiophile Classics   Catalog: 7702071 Release Date: 05/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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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
    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
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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: Peer Gynt Suites; Holberg Suite; Wedding Day At Troldhagen
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 945906 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
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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 Suite  / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    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: 05/08/2009   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:  Gustav Mahler,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jirí Stárek,  Sylvain Cambreling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Oregon Bach Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; Holberg Suite
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777515 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
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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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    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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    Karajan - The Legendary Decca Recordings - Brahms, Adam, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001078802 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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  • 20.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt; Norvegian Dances
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4698970 Release Date: 07/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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    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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  • 23.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas;  Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 9301382 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trenkner-Speidel Duo
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  • 24.
    Musik...sprache Der Welt - Selected Orchestral Recordings Ii
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000507202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Eustrati,  Aurčle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Fritz Lehmann,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 2 / Pompa-baldi
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2712 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
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