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: Chamber Music / Moscow Trio, Ovichinnikov, Skanavi, Rudin, Vinnitsky
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94642   Number of Discs: 3
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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: Peer Gynt / Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony
Release Date: 12/28/1989   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 425448   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Holberg Suite, Music for Strings / Ruud, Bergen PO
Release Date: 01/24/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1491   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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Work: Holberg Suite

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  • 51.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite; (2) Elegiac Melodies
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4768494 Release Date: 01/23/2006  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National 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 - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395302 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Quintin Ballardie,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Karajan - The Collection - Grieg, Sibelius / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000005402 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Suite, Holberg Suite / Helsinki
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 45510 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas,  Géza Szilvay,  Ari Rasilainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra,  Helsinki Strings,  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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  • 61.
    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:  Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
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  • 62.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt, Holberg Suite, Lyric Suite, Piano Works
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90106 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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:  Barbara Bonney,  Randi Stene,  Håkan Hagegård,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus Womens Voices,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus  ... 
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  • 65.
    Dvorak: Serenades For Strings/Tchaikovsky: Serenades For Strings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470262 Release Date: 12/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Holberg Suite, Piano Concerto, Etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469142 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Excerpts, Holberg Suite / Ameling, Marriner, De Waart, et al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4565612 Release Date: 11/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Stephen Shingles,  Kenneth Sillito
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 72.
    Grieg: Popular Orchestral Suites / Leppard
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462290 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites No 1 & 2, Holberg Suite
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90028 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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