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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  • 126.
    Karajan Edition - Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos;  Franck
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66597 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 13 - Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63013 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Thibaudet, Gergiev, Rotterdam PO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467093 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto / Anda, Karajan, et al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4696242 Release Date: 09/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Two Melodies, Wedding Day At Troldhaugen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151002 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Piano Sonata, Etc / Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61745 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Chopin, Et Al / Arthur De Greef
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Arthur De Greef
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Valeria Walewska
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky,  Erich Langer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Moiseiwitsch - Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Ackermann
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 04/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Radu Lupu, André Previn
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466383 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Merit - Gieseking - Wartime Broadcast Recordings
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4925 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Hans Pfitzner
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  A. Bittner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Great Piano Concertos / Clifford Curzon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460994 Release Date: 08/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Percy Grainger In Performance - Grieg, Grainger, Schumann
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 07/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Ousset, Marriner, Masur
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73428 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 141.
    Benno Moiseiwitsch Plays Saint-Saens, Grieg & Liszt
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5529 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Constant Lambert,  Leslie Heward,  Basil Cameron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Grieg, Kuhlau: Piano Concertos / Malling, Schonwandt
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9699 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Kuhlau,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Amalie Malling
    Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    Favourite Piano Concertos Vol 2
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462182 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Martha Argerich,  Misha Dichter
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98128 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 147.
    The Classic Sound - Grieg: Peer Gynt, Piano Concerto / Curzon, Fjeldstad
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448599 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Masur Edition - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2;  Grieg / Schmidt
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9152 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Pfitzner, Grieg: Concertos For Piano / Walter Gieseking
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 925 Release Date: 07/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  A. Bittner,  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 150.
    The Young Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13303 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Pellegrino Tomeoni  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Antonio Pedrotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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