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: 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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Grieg, Gade: Sacred Choral Works / Jorgensen, Hoyer, Et Al
Release Date: 07/25/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9767   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Four Pieces, Sonata For Piano, Etc / Kyoko Tabe
Release Date: 07/23/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9985   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 101.
    Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 462049 Release Date: 03/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck,  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Maksim - (The) Piano Player
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57522 Release Date: 03/01/2005  
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edvard Grieg,  Ernest Gold,  Tonci Huljic  ... 
    Performer:  Maksim
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  • 103.
    Walter Gieseking - Piano
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 2090 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Willem Mengelberg,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 104.
    Gemini - Grieg: Peer Gynt, Piano Concerto, Etc / Berglund
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86058 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Joachim Ulbricht,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Siv Wennberg,  John Ogdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 105.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395302 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Quintin Ballardie,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Expanded Edition - Grieg, Schumann, Etc / Perahia, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92736 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Peer Gynt Suites / Zilberstein, Järvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775007 Release Date: 07/01/2004  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2; Grieg: Piano Concerto / Anda, Karajan, Kubelik
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474838 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc / Gimse, Engeset, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557279 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op 16; Autumn, Op 11 [dvd Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 5110060 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 111.
    The Art Of Julius Katchen Vol 4 - Liszt, Grieg, Etc/ Argenta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460831 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mily Balakirev
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150702 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  César Franck,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Brabec,  Rudolf Streng,  Otto Strasser,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic String Quartet,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Andsnes, Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57562 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Symphony / Duchable, Guschlbauer, Rasilainen
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4604582 Release Date: 08/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Ari Rasilainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Grieg: Orchestral Works Vol 1 [sacd]
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Grieg, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Gyorgy Cziffra
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74732 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  György Cziffra Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Lars Vogt, Simon Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7547462 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Solomon, Menges, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1231 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Herbert Menges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Grieg: Complete Music With Orchestra / Järvi, Gothenburg SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471300 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Randi Stene,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus Womens Voices,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus  ... 
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  • 121.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Lipatti, Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9719 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 74802 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Arrau, Galliera, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1233 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Liszt, Chopin / Ignaz Friedman
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2009 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ignaz Friedman
    Conductor:  Philippe Gaubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Leif Ove Andsnes - A Portrait
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 74789 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Carl Nielsen,  David Monrad Johansen  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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