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
Suggestions - Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky / GliArchi Ensemble
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Stradivarius  
Catalog: 33977   Number of Discs: 1
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Symphonic Masterworks of Grieg & Franck / Murray
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Delos  
Catalog: 3525   Number of Discs: 1
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Ballade: Leos Janacek, George Enescu, Edvard Grieg
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 5952   Number of Discs: 1
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Beecham In Concert - Mozart, Grieg, Alwyn
Release Date: 06/17/2008   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 23   Number of Discs: 1
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Romantic Music For Piano Four-hands - Onslow, Grieg, Liszt, Wagner, Etc / Buccheri, Boldrey
Release Date: 04/14/2009   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 7002   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Lipatti: Concertino
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Dinu Lipatti
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans von Benda
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  • 67.
    Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1740/2 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Ingebjörg Kosmo,  Stĺle Bjornhaug,  Svein Sturla Hungnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kor Vest,  Bergen Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 68.
    Ultimate Piano Concertos - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079202 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Cristina Ortiz,  Jorge Bolet,  Clifford Curzon  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Moshe Atzmón,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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  • 69.
    Works For Piano And Orchestra - Grieg, Etc / Schmidt, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8413 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Basics - Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Masur, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8568 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Victor Merzhanov Plays Grieg / Merzhanov, Et Al
    Label: Vista Vera   Catalog: 97017 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Victor Merzhanov
    Conductor:  Fuat Mansurov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Eugene List - The Great Piano Concertos - Grieg, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mozart
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 3504 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Matthias Kuntsch,  Zlatko Topolski,  Siegfried Landau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Best Of Grieg
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000917202 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Marianne Eklöf,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Grieg: Works For Piano Duo / Clemmow, Goldstone
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25042 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone,  Caroline Clemmow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldstone-Clemmow Duo
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  • 75.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Szymanowski / Perl, Leaper, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 340590 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Alfredo Perl
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
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