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, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Litton, Hough, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67824   Number of Discs: 1
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To My Friends - Brahms, Grieg, Loewe, Wolf / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: London/Decca Jubilee  
Catalog: 000787802   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Stewart Goodyear
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Catalog: 30035   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: The Violin Sonatas / Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez
Release Date: 07/11/2006   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67504   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Songs / Katarina Karneus, Julius Drake
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67670   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55

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  • 26.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Handley, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10175 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Karajan - The Collection - Grieg, Sibelius / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000005402 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Suite, Holberg Suite / Helsinki
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 45510 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas,  Géza Szilvay,  Ari Rasilainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra,  Helsinki Strings,  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Karajan Festival
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429436 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Etc /Berglund, Bournemouth So
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74731 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Armas Järnefelt,  Hugo Alfvén,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550001 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 32.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2; In Autumn; Symphonic Dances
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 3829172 Release Date: 11/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 33.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Holberg Suite, Piano Concerto, Etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469142 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt, Holberg Suite, Etc / Maksymiuk, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554050 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Richard Studt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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  • 35.
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces/Peer Gynt Suite
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553387 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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    Grieg: Olav Trygvason, Etc. / N. Järvi, R. Stene, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437523 Release Date: 02/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Anne Gjevang,  Randi Stene
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
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  • 37.
    Grieg: Popular Orchestral Suites / Leppard
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462290 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Zilberstein, Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445604 Release Date: 01/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No 1 & 2, Holberg Suite
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90028 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 40.
    Bernstein Century - Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites;  Sibelius
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63156 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 41.
    World Of Classics - Scandinavian Classical Music
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Andreas Düben,  Jean Sibelius,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Jeschko,  Marian Lapansky,  Helmuth Rilling,  Isabel Mourao  ... 
    Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha,  Libor Pesek,  Fritz Mareczek,  Albert Hartmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Grieg: Piano Music Vol 11 / Steen-nokleberg, Schioll, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553397 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Rut Tellefsen,  Per Tofte
    Conductor:  Stefan Schioll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian State Institute of Music Chamber Choir
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  • 43.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc / Poblocka, Wojciechowski
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51750 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ewa Poblocka
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Wojciechowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 / Maksymiuk, Bbc Scottish So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550864 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Davis, Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 53257 Release Date: 10/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Karajan Gold - Grieg, Sibelius: Valse Triste / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439010 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Gerhard Stempnik
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438380 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis,  José Luis Garcia,  Quintin Ballardie,  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Grieg: Works For Orchestra / Abravanel, Utah Symphony
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5048 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60832 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Kjell Baekkelund,  Judith Blegen
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Odd Grüner-Hegge,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2;  Sibelius / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410026 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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