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: Piano Music Vol 4 / Einar Steen-nökleberg
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550884   Number of Discs: 1
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Franck, Grieg: Violin Sonatas / Takako Nishizaki, Jenö Jandó
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550417   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Johansen: String Quartets / Oslo String Quartet
Release Date: 06/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550879   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Music Vol 1 / Einar Steen-nökleberg
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550881   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Music Vol 2 / Einar Steen-nökleberg
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550882   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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    Sviatoslav Richter: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557828 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 24
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    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002543002 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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    Wonderland / Alice Sara Ott
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002552202 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Alice Sara Ott
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kozhukhin, Sinaisky
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186566 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Denis Kozhukhin
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Music - A Journey for Life: Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20254 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Radu Lupu: Complete Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002402202 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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    Schumann & Grieg: Piano Concertos / Lupu, Previn, London Symphony [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002405301 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
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    Grieg, Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos / Kholodenko, Harth
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907629 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Vadym Kholodenko
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth Bedoya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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    The Complete Warner Recordings / Michelangeli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550576 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Baldassare Galuppi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Grieg, Evju: Piano Concertos... / Petersson
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 689 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Helge Evju
    Performer:  Carl Petersson
    Conductor:  Kerry Stratton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg, Moszkowski: Piano Concertos / Joseph Moog
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4144 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Moritz Moszkowski
    Performer:  Joseph Moog
    Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserslautern
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces / Perianes, Oramo
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902205 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Javier Perianes
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg, Mozart: Piano Concertos
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38160 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andreas Domjanic
    Conductor:  Johannes Klumpp
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    Edvard Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 4
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92670 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Herbert Schuch
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
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    Solo And Concerto Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7401 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Goodyear
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30035 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg
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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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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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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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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 1 (1948-1958)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633625 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
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    Great Pianists - Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels, Katchen
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    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto In A; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Lugansky, Nagano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Prokofiev
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