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, Thommessen & Sibelius: String Quartets / Engegard Quartet
Release Date: 03/11/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2101   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kozhukhin, Sinaisky
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186566   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Complete Music for String Quartet / Kontra Quartet
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 543   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites & 4 Norwegian Dances / Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186231   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Holberg Suite, Erotikk, Elegiac Melodies / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1877   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Holberg Suite

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  • 51.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Music for Strings / Ruud, Bergen PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1491 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Gemini - Grieg: Orchestral Works, Etc / Barbirolli, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86513 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Daniel Adni
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Paavo Berglund,  Paul Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 1 / Antonio Pompa-baldi
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2683 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
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  • 54.
    Music For Freedom - Grieg, Sibelius, Et Al / Toscanini
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2298/99 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Grieg, Glazunov, Dvorak / Habanera Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Habanera Saxophone Quartet
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  • 56.
    Grieg, Dvorak, Elgar / Conrad Van Alphen, Rotterdam Co
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80623 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Conrad Van Alphen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Grieg, Nielsen, Britten: Music For Strings / Brown, Norwegian
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62179 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Edvard Grieg,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Karajan - The Collection - Grieg, Sibelius / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000005402 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 59.
    New York Counterpoint / Rascher Saxophone Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5023 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Georges Kastner,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Edvard Grieg,  Steve Reich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raschčr Saxophone Quartet
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  • 60.
    Dvorak, Tchaikovsky: Serenades;  Grieg / Yoo, Metamorphosen
    Label: Archetype   Catalog: 60105 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Scott Yoo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Grieg: Complete Music With Orchestra / Järvi, Gothenburg SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471300 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Barbara Bonney,  Urban Malmberg,  Marianne Eklöf  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Musica Chamber Choir,  Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 62.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite;  Sibelius: Karelia / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412727 Release Date: 11/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 63.
    Nordic Favourites For String Orchestra / Stigmer, Et Al
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Alfvén,  Lars-Erik Larsson,  Jean Sibelius,  Johan Svendsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jan Stigmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Chamber Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Vineyard Classics - Cabernet Sauvignon
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 150015 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Vineyard Classics - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 315004 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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  • 66.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt, Holberg Suite, Etc / Maksymiuk, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554050 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Richard Studt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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  • 67.
    World Of Classics - Scandinavian Classical Music
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Andreas Düben,  Jean Sibelius,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Jeschko,  Marian Lapansky,  Helmuth Rilling,  Isabel Mourao  ... 
    Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha,  Libor Pesek,  Fritz Mareczek,  Albert Hartmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite;  Nielsen: Music For Strings / Brown
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45224 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Orchestral Favourites Vol 1 / Boughton, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 11/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Samuel Barber,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Grieg: Piano Music Vol 4 / Einar Steen-nökleberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550884 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg
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  • 71.
    Grieg: Complete Works For String Orchestra / Dausgaard
    Label: Rondo Grammofon   Catalog: 8342 Release Date: 07/26/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salomon Ensemble
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  • 72.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Etc / Poblocka, Wojciechowski
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51750 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ewa Poblocka
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Wojciechowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Scandinavian String Music / Studt, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553106 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Johan Svendsen,  Edvard Grieg,  Dag Wirén
    Conductor:  Richard Studt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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  • 74.
    Grieg: Complete Music For String Orchestra / Terje Tonneson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Terje Tonnesen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Grieg: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Eva Knardahl
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl
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