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, 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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Grieg, Gade: Sacred Choral Works / Jorgensen, Hoyer, Et Al
Release Date: 07/25/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9767   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt: Morning

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    Classical Wellness
    Label: Music & Melody   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 5
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    Performer:  Anna Lelkes,  Iwan Czerkow,  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
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    Label: Northquest   Catalog: 315005 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782589 Release Date: 08/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz,  Pascal Rogé,  Iona Brown,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Patrick Summers  ... 
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    The Classical #1's
    Label: Aao Music   Catalog: 22092 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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  • 31.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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  • 32.
    Songs Of The Earth / Mauceri, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438867 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Edvard Grieg,  Carl Nielsen,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Di Tullio,  Bruce Dukov
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 33.
    The Classics
    Label: Tapestries Classical   Catalog: 5637566196 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Hennie Bekker
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  • 34.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Scandinavia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47281 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Alfvén,  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Stan Freeman
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Howard Hanson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    The Essential Edvard Grieg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 9749143 Release Date: 03/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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    Scandinavian Rhapsody - Sibelius, Grieg, Et Al / Segerstam
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 824 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Jean Sibelius,  Armas Järnefelt,  Oskar Merikanto  ... 
    Performer:  Veikko Höylä,  Erkki Palola
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Dinner Classics - Breakfast In Bed
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 46356 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Georges Bizet,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Stutch
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Teddy Bear At The Concert, Classical Favourites For Children / Segerstam, Helsinki
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 927 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Piano Dreams
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 516240 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Michel Legrand,  Monique Haas,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Maxim Shostakovich,  James Conlon,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Good Morning! Classics For Breakfast
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777529 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Gidon Kremer,  Irina Saizewa,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Claudio Abbado,  Juliy Reyentovich,  Thomas Füri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Symphony For The Season
    Label: Immergent   Catalog: 81166 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Classical Dreams / Norrington, Winschermann,  Zhukov, Hartung, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8065 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Fernando Sor,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Antonio Meneses,  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Friedemann Wuttke  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Volker Hartung,  Roger Norrington,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  European Philharmonic Orchestra,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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  • 43.
    Music For Fitness
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 729035 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Paul Dukas,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Anthony Marwood,  Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey,  Gisbert Näther  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Wojciechowski,  Leonard Slatkin,  Charles Gerhardt,  Nicholas McGegan  ... 
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  • 44.
    Nocturne - James Galway / David Measham, National Po London
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 4810 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  John Field  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  David Measham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Classics For My Baby - Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Handel, Grieg, Etc / Angelich, Menuhin, Argerich, Jarvi, Anderszewski, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19003 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Edvard Grieg,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Elena Duran,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Jeffrey Tate,  Paavo Järvi,  Eric Fenby  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Classic Hits, Vol. 1
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768332 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Bedrich Smetana,  Pietro Mascagni,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
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  • 47.
    Leonard Bernstein: The Encore Collection Vol 1
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44723 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 48.
    Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079002 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha,  Neil Black,  Tess Miller,  Carmel Kaine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Thurston Dart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 49.
    Karajan Gold - Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Mozart, Vivaldi, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001051402 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Jacques Offenbach,  Franz von Suppé,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Frank Maus,  David Bell,  Eberhard Finke  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    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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