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: Symphonic Dances, Etc / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10287   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Medtner: 3rd Sonatas
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Fondamenta  
Catalog: 902002   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Janacek, Kodaly / Danjulo Ishizaka, Shai Wosner
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Onyx  
Catalog: 4120   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Kuhlau: Piano Concertos / Malling, Schonwandt
Release Date: 01/19/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9699   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 4, Solvejg's Song

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  • 26.
    Bassoon Brothers - Escaped
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 03242 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Very Best Of Adagio / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000583002 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven, Borodin, Chopin / Yuri Serov
    Label: Northern Flowers   Catalog: 9914 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Borodin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Serov
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  • 29.
    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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    For Sunday Brunch / Schiff, Thibaudet, Orpheus, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000315512 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  George Frideric Handel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Mischa Maisky,  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 31.
    Silence Vol 1
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98304 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
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  • 32.
    Klassische Meisterstucke
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98440 Release Date: 04/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
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  • 33.
    For Your Life - For A Summer Evening
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470036 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Lynn Harrell,  Joshua Bell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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    Eloquence - Meditation Music - Music For Relaxation
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467414 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Samuel Barber,  Erik Satie,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Charles Dutoit,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Lifestyles - Music For Sunday Brunch
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 150007 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jules Massenet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
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    Classics For Baby - Music For The Crib
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 315001 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Jean Sibelius,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
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    Classics For Baby - Quiet Time
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 150004 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Jules Massenet,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
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  • 38.
    Jewels Of The Classics / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61935 Release Date: 08/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Moore
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Nocturne Ii / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63076 Release Date: 09/02/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Harold Gomberg,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Gary Graffman,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Classics For Children / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68131 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Loesser,  Edvard Grieg,  Richard Hayman,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Hugh Downs,  Samuel Lipman,  Leo Litwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
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  • 41.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
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  • 42.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551142 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Kathryn Selby
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  István Bogár,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556658 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Alfred Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Capella Istropolitana,  Camerata Cassovia  ... 
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  • 44.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551108 Release Date: 10/20/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Adrian Leaper,  András Ligeti,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Kosmos / Tomita
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 2616 Release Date: 07/09/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isao Tomita,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Edvard Grieg,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Isao Tomita
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