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 Concerto, Lyric Pieces / O'Hora, Judd, RPO
Release Date: 02/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28140   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg / simonov
Release Date: 10/12/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28190   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol 3 / Aadland
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 92669   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Works / Ivana Gavric
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 67   Number of Discs: 1
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Scandinavia - Grieg, Rontgen, Johansen / Matangi Quartet
Release Date: 08/09/2005   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72137   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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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  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
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    Great Pianists - Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels, Katchen
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5114 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Claudio Arrau,  Julius Katchen,  György Cziffra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Otto Klemperer,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
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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
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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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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    Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16; Holberg Suite, Op. 40 / Boyagian, Pompa-Baldi, Ohio Philharmonic
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3311 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
    Conductor:  Domenico Boyagian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9044 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22363 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Leon Fleisher - The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 545997 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Jules Eskin,  Benita Valente,  Harold Wright  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Seiji Ozawa,  Leon Fleisher,  Szymon Goldberg
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4254 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  György Cziffra
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  György Lehel,  Zoltán Rozsnyai
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22359 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
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    Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Rodriguez
    Label: Elan Recordings   Catalog: 2228 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Santiago Rodriguez
    Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4810117 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Simon Tedeschi
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
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    Van Cliburn - The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 540723 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  RCA Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Piano Concertos & Lyric Pieces / Andsnes
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 322862 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    A Musical Journey -  Switzerland: A Musical Visit To The Canton Of Ticino
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110313 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos / Devoyon, Maksymiuk, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7051192 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191256 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Michael Cox,  Leonore Smith,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members  ... 
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    Dances & Dreams - Gala Concert From Berlin 2011 [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058724 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Grieg, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Georges Cziffra
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5079 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  Georges Tzipine,  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Dances & Dreams - Gala Concert From Berlin 2011
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058728 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Richard Farrell - Complete Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Richard Farrell
    Conductor:  George Weldon
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    Van Cliburn: Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7742852 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl  ... 
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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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