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: Lyrische Stucke / Haakon Austbo
Release Date: 11/25/2003   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 99748   Number of Discs: 3
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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: Olav Trygvason; Landkjenning; Sigurd Jorsalfar / Engeset, Malmo Symphony
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573045   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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To My Friends - Brahms, Grieg, Loewe, Wolf / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: London/Decca Jubilee  
Catalog: 000787802   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    The Very Best Of Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21740 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Georg Hörtnagel,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Lorin Maazel,  Riccardo Muti
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    Grieg, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Kondrashin , Richter, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350058 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Masterpieces Of Piano
    Label: Domo Records   Catalog: 73179 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Fujiko Hemming
    Conductor:  Heiko Mathias Förster
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  • 36.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Holberg Suite, Lyric Suite / Davidovich, Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571206 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Bella Davidovich
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64574 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lars Vogt
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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  • 38.
    Dvorak, Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55989 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner, Ohlsson
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94610 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 40.
    First Choice: Schumann; Grieg: Piano Concertos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001663302 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 41.
    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Jablonski, Maag
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443174 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto / Andsnes, Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027435 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Grieg, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Sa Chen, Lawrence Foster, Gulbenkian Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186444 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sa Chen
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Grieg, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Litton, Hough, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67824 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Radu Lupu - Complete Decca Concerto Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001581402 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Vincent Zarzo,  Han de Vries,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster,  Uri Segal,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001113 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 48.
    The Very Best Of Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94784 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi
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    Icon - Claudio Arrau - Virtuoso Philosopher Of The Piano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18432 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Katsaris Plays Grieg
    Label: Piano 21   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
    Conductor:  Horst Neumann
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