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

Work: Holberg Suite

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  • 1.
    Symphonic Masterworks of Grieg & Franck / Murray
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3525 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck
    Performer:  Thomas Murray
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    Yuri Bashmet: The Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875168382 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Max Bruch,  Alfred Schnittke,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Bashmet,  Viktor Tretyakov,  Mikhail Muntian,  Larissa Diadkova
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Neeme Järvi,  Yuri Bashmet,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Soloists
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Piano A L'orgue / David Enlow
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7267 Release Date: 10/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  David Enlow
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  • 5.
    Treasures Of World Music
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002320 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Ottorino Respighi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Lisovsky,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Sergey Yakovenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
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    Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & No. 2
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 03/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Georg Singer,  Vilmos Tátrai
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    Grieg: Symphonic Works, Vol. 2 / Aadland, WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln [Vinyl]
    Label: Audite   Catalog: AUD82502 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Thunder On The Baltic: Grieg, Rachmaninov, Kutavichius, Chopin
    Label: Es-dur   Catalog: 2024 Release Date: 12/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Bronislovas Kutavicius
    Performer:  Petras Geniusas
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    Edvard Grieg: Holberg Variations
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1332 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Erlend Skomsvoll
    Performer:  Christian Ihle Hadland,  Erlend Skomsvoll
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    Grieg: Holberg Variations / 1B1 [Vinyl]
    Label: Simax   Catalog: PSLP1332 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Erlend Skomsvoll
    Performer:  Christian Ihle Hadland,  Erlend Skomsvoll
    Conductor:  Jan Bjoranger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  1B1
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Mozart, Bizet, Resphighi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002120002 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Grieg: Complete Orchestral Works / Engeset
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 508015 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Edmund Neupert
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen,  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir,  Malmö Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart, Grieg & Telemann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90815 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Patrick De Ritis,  Karl-Heinz Schutz,  Florian Zwiauer
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
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    Mats Claesson Interprets Holberg Suite
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Mats Claesson
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    Werke Von Edvard Grieg Und Lars-erik Larsson
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319288 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Lars-Erik Larsson
    Conductor:  Ola Rudner
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    Ensemble Allegria
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1044 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Kvandal,  Odd Gruner-Hegge,  Knut Nystedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Allegria
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    Fairy Tales
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 55 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Václav Trojan,  Artem Vassiliev,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Ksenija Sidorova,  Thomas Gould
    Conductor:  Clark Rundell
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16; Holberg Suite, Op. 40 / Boyagian, Pompa-Baldi, Ohio Philharmonic
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3311 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
    Conductor:  Domenico Boyagian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Nordic Spring
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1264 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Kurt Atterberg,  Johan Svendsen,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter,  Terje Tonnesen
    Conductor:  Terje Tonnesen,  Norwegian Chamber Orchest
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  • 22.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381311 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Tomas Daukantas,  Vilija Poskute
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    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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    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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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Erotikk, Elegiac Melodies / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1877 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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