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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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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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Alba  
Catalog: 356   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Mendelssohn: Psalms / Kvam, Oslo Cathedral Choir
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5171   Number of Discs: 1
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Delius & Grieg: Complete Works For Cello & Piano / Wallfisch, York
Release Date: 01/08/2013   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5884   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Lipatti: Concertino
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Herbert von Karajan,  Alceo Galliera
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto;  Schumann / Richter, Matacic, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 743651 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Grieg; Schumann: Piano Concertos
    Label: Recommends   Catalog: 5034192 Release Date: 09/24/2007  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Ballad For Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes, Et Al
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Liszt, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kitayenko, Andsnes, Bergen
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91369 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces / Shani Diluka
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 026 Release Date: 05/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Shani Diluka
    Conductor:  Eivind Gullberg Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Kovacevich
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000725002 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Grieg, Chopin, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000673109 Release Date: 09/12/2006  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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    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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