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: Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto... / O’Hora, Ermler, Judd
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1218   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg & Sibelius Favorites / Mackerras
Release Date: 07/17/2012   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1191   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Wedding day at Trolhaugen

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Andrei Gavrilov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437522 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
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  • 28.
    Ultimate Piano Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie,  Julius Katchen,  András Schiff  ... 
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  • 29.
    Grieg, Andersen / Paula Robison, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Karl Joachim Andersen
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 30.
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lars-Erik Larsson,  Pavol Simai,  Oskar Fredrik Lindberg,  Johan Helmich Roman  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Marcusson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Roman
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  • 31.
    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210054 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Complete Recordings Of Grieg, Saint Saens, And Pugno
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52054 Release Date: 05/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jules Massenet,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Willaume,  Meyriane Héglon  ... 
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Liebestraum - Romantic Piano Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92235 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Goldstein,  Frank Van De Laar,  Haakon Austbö,  Hélčne Grimaud  ... 
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  • 35.
    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98223 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Remembrances
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637197616 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Adam Kent
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  • 37.
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 5650 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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  • 38.
    25 Countryside Classics [dvd]
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8823 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Alexander Borodin,  Jules Massenet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philip Gibson,  Concord String Quartet,  Frank Shipway  ... 
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  • 39.
    Silence Vol 2
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98449 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various,  Bedrich Smetana,  Pietro Mascagni,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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  • 40.
    Romance 2 Classic / Marriner, Hahn, Brown, Novak Quartet
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98439 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Max Bruch,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Frank
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Klaus-Peter Hahn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Novák String Quartet,  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    For Your Life - For Your Wedding
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000003312 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Thelma Owen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Heinrich Steiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  Nordmark Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Sinfonietta Ventus En Vivo / Guido Maria Guida
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edvard Grieg,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Conductor:  Guido Maria Guida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonietta Ventus
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  • 43.
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57296 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
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  • 44.
    A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503134 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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  • 45.
    Mendelssohn: 17 Lieder ohne Worte; Grieg / Walter Gieseking
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 66775 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
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  • 46.
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Slĺtter, Etc / Reynolds Henry
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4231 Release Date: 10/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Sylvia Reynolds Henry
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  • 47.
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces (Selection) / Einar Steen-nökleberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554051 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Grieg: Piano Concerto, Two Melodies, Wedding Day At Troldhaugen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151002 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Romantic Winds - Grieg, Dvorak, Rimsky-korsakov / Missouri Quintet
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Steve Geibel,  Barbara Wood,  Marcia Spence,  Dan Willett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Missouri Quintet
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