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: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces / O'Hora, Judd, RPO
Release Date: 02/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28140   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg / simonov
Release Date: 10/12/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28190   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol 3 / Aadland
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 92669   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Works / Ivana Gavric
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Champs Hill Records  
Catalog: 67   Number of Discs: 1
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Scandinavia - Grieg, Rontgen, Johansen / Matangi Quartet
Release Date: 08/09/2005   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72137   Number of Discs: 1
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    Classical Strings
    Label: Tgg   Catalog: 60214 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johan Svendsen  ... 
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    Aurora - Music Of The Northern Lights / Jarvi, Gothenburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471747 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Symphonic Marches For Concert Brass / Locke Brass Consort
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3402 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Hector Berlioz,  Edvard Grieg,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Conductor:  James Stobart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
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    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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    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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    Leonard Slatkin Conducts Concert Classics
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5959 Release Date: 06/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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  • 8.
    The Very Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552123 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Erling Ragnar Eriksen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Studt,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Oslo String Quartet  ... 
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    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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  • 10.
    Marches For The Organ - Lasceaux, Et Al / Roland Muhr
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Lasceux,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Muhr
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    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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    Famous Marches - Grand March From Aida, Marche Slave, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553596 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Edvard Grieg,  Eric Coates,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Adrian Leaper,  Peter Breiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Razumovsky Sinfonia  ... 
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    Fabulous Marches For Orchestra / Frederick Fennell
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434394 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops,  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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  • 14.
    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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    Grieg: Piano Music Vol 12 / Einar Steen-nokleberg, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553398 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Rut Tellefsen
    Conductor:  Stefan Schioll,  Stefan Schiell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian State Institute of Music Chamber Choir
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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Etc / Davis, Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 53257 Release Date: 10/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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