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: Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Handley, Et Al
Release Date: 03/23/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10175   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Shelley, Greed, Opera North Orchestra
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10509   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Gade: Sacred Choral Works / Jorgensen, Hoyer, Et Al
Release Date: 07/25/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9767   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance, Etc;  Svendsen / Petri Sakari
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9028   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Four Pieces, Sonata For Piano, Etc / Kyoko Tabe
Release Date: 07/23/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9985   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 76.
    Ultimate Piano Concertos - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079202 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Jorge Bolet,  Clifford Curzon,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Ballad For Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 12128 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Ballad for Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94399 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Schumann, Grieg, Franck: Piano Works / John Ogdon
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 62859 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  César Franck
    Performer:  John Ogdon
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Grieg: Complete Solo Piano Music / Knardahl, Derwinger
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen
    Performer:  Love Derwinger,  Eva Knardahl,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Conductor:  Jun'ichi Hirokami,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Grieg, Chopin, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000673109 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Grieg, Fauré, Liszt-busoni / Blumental, Et Al
    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Rudolf Schwarz,  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra
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  • 89.
    The Great Danish Pianist / Victor Schioler
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 491/92 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg,  Various
    Performer:  Victor Schioler
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen,  Nicolai Malko,  Erik Tuxen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Legendary Recordings - Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Kurt Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Edda Moser,  Gisela Schröter  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: SP4254 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  György Cziffra
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  György Lehel,  Zoltán Rozsnyai
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  • 92.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Fleisher, Szell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92751 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637521916 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Brent Watkins
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  • 94.
    Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 462049 Release Date: 03/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck,  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc / Gimse, Engeset, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557279 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 96.
    The Art Of Julius Katchen Vol 4 - Liszt, Grieg, Etc/ Argenta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460831 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mily Balakirev
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Handley, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10175 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Andsnes, Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57562 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Symphony / Duchable, Guschlbauer, Rasilainen
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4604582 Release Date: 08/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Ari Rasilainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Grieg: Orchestral Works Vol 1 [sacd]
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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