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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  • 26.
    Golden Pavilion 1
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 37042 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Josef Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Walter,  Christine Schornsheim
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Burkhard Glaetzner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Chamber Soloists,  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Tone Pictures, Lyric Pieces / Katya Apekisheva
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2061 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Katya Apekisheva
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  • 28.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Alexander Goldenweiser
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5661 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexander Goldenweiser
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    Intermezzo: Berumhmte Klavierstucke
    Label: Delta Ent.   Catalog: 772845 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 30.
    Ballad For Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 12128 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Hideyo Harada
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92555 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hideyo Harada
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  • 33.
    Ballad For Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94399 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Piano Moods - A Collection of Romantic Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872602 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lazar Berman  ... 
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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,  Jenö 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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  • 41.
    Liebestraum: Romantic Piano Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92235 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Alwin Bär,  Misha Goldstein,  Martijn van den Hoek  ... 
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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,  Jenö 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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  • 46.
    Weekend Classics - A Piano Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000608202 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Anatol Ugorski,  Andrei Gavrilov  ... 
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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    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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