Edvard Grieg


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 & Peer Gynt / Bavouzet, Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/05/2018   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5190   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 2 / Pompa-baldi
Release Date: 09/27/2005   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2712   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Engeset, Dam-Jensen, Knudsen, Malmö Symphony
Release Date: 10/30/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570236   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos / Shelley, Greed, Opera North Orchestra
Release Date: 03/31/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10509   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Field, Mendelssohn / Daria Gloukhova
Release Date: 11/22/2011   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3145   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt: Morning

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    The Classics
    Label: Tapestries Classical   Catalog: 829 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Hennie Bekker
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  • 29.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Scandinavia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47281 Release Date: 10/29/2009   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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  • 30.
    Scandinavian Rhapsody - Sibelius, Grieg, Et Al / Segerstam
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 824 Release Date: 12/04/2008   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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  • 31.
    Dinner Classics - Breakfast In Bed
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 46356 Release Date: 11/25/2008   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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  • 32.
    Teddy Bear At The Concert, Classical Favourites For Children / Segerstam, Helsinki
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 927 Release Date: 11/25/2008   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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Nocturne - James Galway / David Measham, National Po London
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 4810 Release Date: 05/30/2008   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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Leonard Bernstein: The Encore Collection Vol 1
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44723 Release Date: 02/28/2008   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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Boskovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411933 Release Date: 12/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Walter Weller,  Kazimierz Kord,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Cinema Classics 2007 - Classical Music Made Famous In Films
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556834 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Bernd Glemser,  Elena Filipova,  Priti Coles,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset,  Michael Halász,  Antoni Wit,  Kevin Mallon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98293 Release Date: 10/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 41.
    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elgar Howarth,  Philip Jones,  Nigel Kennedy,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 42.
    Autumn Moods - Instrumental Classics
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98225 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonio Rosetti,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia C. Rosin,  James Bush,  Sabine Erdmann,  Irmhild Beutler  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Ondrej Kukal,  Patrick Strub,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dreiklang Berlin Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Czech Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Relaxing Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000666502 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell,  Jorge Bolet,  Andrés Segovia,  Julian Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Enrique Jorda,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air  ... 
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  • 44.
    Autumn Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210056 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Ciprian Porumbescu,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Dirk Altmann,  Florian Henschel,  Gordon Schultz,  Sebastian Silvestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Patrick Strub,  Iona Brown,  Ondrej Kukal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Arcata Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    The Essential James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Aram Khachaturian,  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Tamezo Narita  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
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  • 46.
    Ich War Ein Berliner / James Galway, Berlin PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776077 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Reicha,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Lothar Koch,  Gerd Seifert,  Günter Piesk  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Winds,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Weekend Classics - Weekend Favourites
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000448502 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Pietro Mascagni,  Erik Satie,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Barbara Bonney,  Leo Winland,  Pavel Gililov  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Seiji Ozawa,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    André Rieu - Love Songs
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17402 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Edvard Grieg,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 49.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    Norwegian Rhapsody - Grieg, Halvorsen, Etc / Aadland, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 08/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Eivind Groven,  Johannes Hanssen,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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