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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  • 151.
    Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Mustonen, Blomstedt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444518 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 152.
    Mendelssohn, Liszt, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Frith, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553267 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Joseph Banowetz,  Benjamin Frith
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Bratislava Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1107 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl
    Conductor:  Terje Mikkelsen
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  • 155.
    Grieg: Complete Piano Music Vol 11- Concerto, Etc /Derwinger
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 619 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Love Derwinger
    Conductor:  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
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  • 156.
    Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Pierné: Piano Concertos / Pöntinen
    Label: Bis Twins   Catalog: 375/381 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dag Achatz,  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Jacques Houtmann,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorraine Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Pöntinen, Segerstam
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 375 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Grieg: Complete Piano Music Vol 10 / Eva Knardahl
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Conductor:  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    The Great Piano Concertos -  Grieg, Schumann
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57227 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Tee Min,  Igor Uryash
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmony Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Karajan Gold - Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Zimerman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439015 Release Date: 11/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Jandó, Ligeti
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550118 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Entremont, Serkin
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46543 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Freire, Kempe, Munich Po
    Label: Cbs Odyssey   Catalog: 46269 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 166.
    Grieg: Concerto;  Liszt: Concertos 1 & 2 / Cliburn, Ormandy
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7834 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Perahia, Davis
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44899 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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