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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Work: Wedding day at Trolhaugen

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    Autograph / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 34137 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud
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    Mozart, Grieg / Iskander Zakirov
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 297 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Iskander Zakirov
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    The  Complete Homocord Recordings And Other Rarities
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6013 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Lambros Callimahos,  Gustav Scheck
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    Grieg: Piano Works / Ivana Gavric
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Cheryl Frances-Hoad
    Performer:  Ivana Gavric
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    Piano Rhapsody / Roland Pontinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9044 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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    Selected Lyric Pieces
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1071 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Haakon Austbö
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    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Lyric Pieces / Ermler, Talmi, RPO, Israel CO
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94402 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Haakon Austbö
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Richard Farrell - Complete Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Richard Farrell
    Conductor:  George Weldon
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    Grieg & Sibelius Favorites / Mackerras
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Geoffrey Browne
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic 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: Peer Gynt Suites; Holberg Suite; Wedding Day At Troldhagen
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 945906 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
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    The Very Best Of Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94784 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi
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    Best Wedding 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48501 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Richard Wagner,  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Norwegian Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Frederic Bayco,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery,  David Munrow  ... 
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    Complete 78-RPM Solo Recordings / Percy Grainger
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7501 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Band
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    Grieg: Chasing The Butterfly
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1299 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Sigurd Slĺttebrekk,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
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    Essential Piano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27925 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Daniel Adni,  John Ogdon,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
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    50 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57555 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Jessye Norman,  Han-Na Chang,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Leonard Slatkin,  Georges Prętre,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto / Grainger, Gupta, Kristiansand SO [Blu-ray Audio + SACD]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Edvard Grieg,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Oyvind Bjora,  Rex Lawson
    Conductor:  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1568989 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sally-Anne Russell,  Sara Macliver,  Roger Woodward,  David Stanhope  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Divall,  Markus Stenz,  Sir Bernard Heinze,  Anthony Walker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludovico's Band,  Ensemble Battistin,  Australian Trio  ... 
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  • 21.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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    Organ Lollipops - Bach, Grieg, Ketelbey, Mendelssohn, Morandi, Etc / Peter King
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 279 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Albert William Ketčlbey,  Edvard Grieg,  William Wolstenholme  ... 
    Performer:  Peter King
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  • 23.
    The Essential Edvard Grieg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 9749143 Release Date: 03/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38004 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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