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: Peer Gynt: Morning

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  • 51.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Boskovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411933 Release Date: 01/07/2008   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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Engeset, Dam-Jensen, Knudsen, Malmö Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570236 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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  • 56.
    Weekend Classics - Weekend Dreams
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769702 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Daniel Barenboim,  Pierre Boulez,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    André Rieu - Love Songs
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17402 Release Date: 01/11/2005  
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Edvard Grieg,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Norwegian Classical Favourites - Grieg, Halvorsen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557017 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Olsen,  Rikard Nordraak,  Edvard Grieg,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Karajan Forever - The Greatest Classical Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000035202 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Karlheinz Zöller,  Lazar Berman,  Michel Schwalbé,  Wolfgang Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
    Label: Secret Formula Records   Catalog: 5637494088 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Tarrant
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  • 68.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite; Grieg: Peer Gynt / Slatkin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80048 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Boston Pops Adagios - Romantic Escapes For The Dreamer In You
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63946 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Newton Wayland,  Leo Litwin,  Samuel Lipman,  Martin Hoherman
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    The #1 Classical Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470933 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nigel Kennedy,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Willi Boskovsky,  Julius Rudel,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    For Your Life - For A Sunday Morning
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470456 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gustav Holst,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Thurston Dart
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Christopher Hogwood,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Ensemble,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 72.
    Eloquence - Day Dreams - Music For Romantic Moments Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469670 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Mischa Maisky,  Patrick Gallois,  Fabrice Pierre  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Thomas Füri,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Camerata Bern,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Night Music 6 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556606 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  George Frideric Handel,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  István Székely,  Jénö Jandó,  Jozef Luptácik,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Gyula Németh,  Josef Kopelman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Aromatherapy 06 - Songs Of The Morning
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4666982 Release Date: 04/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frederick Delius,  Andrés Segovia,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 75.
    Flute For Relaxation - James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63711 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  John Corigliano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Kikuei Ikeda  ... 
    Conductor:  David Effron,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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