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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Franck, Grieg, Dvorak: Violin Sonatas / Capucon, Buniatishvili
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 625018   Number of Discs: 1
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Edvard Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 4
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 92670   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Alba  
Catalog: 356   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Concerto, Two Melodies, Wedding Day At Troldhaugen
Release Date: 08/29/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 151002   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 51.
    Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No 3; Grieg: Piano Concerto / Julia Fischer
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001465909 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Julia Fischer
    Conductor:  Matthias Pintscher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
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  • 52.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concerti / Anda, Kubelik, Berlin
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 415850 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    19th Century Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98317 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Dukas,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Ormandy,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    Basics - The Basic Library [25 CDs]
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149572 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Schutte,  Günter Schaffrath,  Alfred Tolksdorf,  Heinz Wappler  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto / Grainger, Gupta, Kristiansand SO [Blu-ray Audio + SACD]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Edvard Grieg,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Oyvind Bjora,  Rex Lawson
    Conductor:  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Liszt, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kitayenko, Andsnes, Bergen
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 86355 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Grieg, Liszt, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Leonard Pennario
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69024 Release Date: 08/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Concert Arts Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1 / Fujiko Hemming
    Label: Domo Records   Catalog: 73096 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Fujiko Hemming
    Conductor:  Heiko-Mathias Förster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Emil Gilels In Concert - Beethoven, Grieg: Piano Concertos
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4472 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Concerto Edition Vol 1 - Schumann, Grieg / Biret, Wit, Bilkent SO
    Label: Iba [idil Biret Archives]   Catalog: 8571270 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Icon - Walter Gieseking - Poet Of The Keyboard
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65081 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Bernard Walton,  Sidney Sutcliffe,  Cecil James  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Schröder,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Shelley, Greed, Opera North Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10509 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  David Greed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces / O'Hora, Judd, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28140 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Gulsin Onay In Concert
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4480 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Gulsin Onay
    Conductor:  Avi Ostrowsky,  Emil Tabakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Bolet, Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417112 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Icon - Sviatoslav Richter - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17411 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Oleg Kagan,  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Nikolaevsky,  Lorin Maazel,  Lovro von Matacic,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra members,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Pascal Devoyon, Jerzy Maksymiuk, LSO
    Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 28368 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 363 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Dinu Lipatti - The Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 07318 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 71.
    Solomon - The Master Pianist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6102 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Issay Dobrowen,  Herbert Menges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Clifford Curzon
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417676 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Dino Lipatti
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 359 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Van Cliburn In Moscow Vol 2 - Grieg, Brahms
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4453 Release Date: 07/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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