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: Symphonic Dances, Etc / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10287   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Janacek, Kodaly / Danjulo Ishizaka, Shai Wosner
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
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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Work: Peer Gynt: Hall of the mountain king

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  • 26.
    Power Of Classics: Handel, Bach, Mozart, Bizet, Rossini
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768066 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 27.
    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - Evening At Pops
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001005802 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 28.
    Spannende Krimiabende
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98246 Release Date: 03/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Petronel Malan,  Vladimir Bunin,  Ivan Moravec,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Verdi Quartet
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  • 29.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395302 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Quintin Ballardie,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Discover - Music Of The Romantic Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558155-56 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Idil Biret,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  George Hurst,  Michael Halász,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Fun & Games
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555812 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  István Bogár,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Keith Brion  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Best Of Naxos Vol 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550003 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  George Frideric Handel,  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Béla Drahos,  István Székely,  Imrich Szabo
    Conductor:  Mátyás Antal,  Bohdan Warchal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Toolbox Classics / Woody Phillips
    Label: Gourd   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Woody Phillips
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  • 36.
    Classics In Motion - Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Et Al
    Label: Legacy   Catalog: CJH024 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 37.
    World Of Classics - Scandinavian Classical Music
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Andreas Düben,  Jean Sibelius,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Jeschko,  Marian Lapansky,  Helmuth Rilling,  Isabel Mourao  ... 
    Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha,  Libor Pesek,  Fritz Mareczek,  Albert Hartmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556658 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Alfred Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Capella Istropolitana,  Camerata Cassovia  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mad About The Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439513 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Leonard Bernstein,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Artillery Division,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551108 Release Date: 10/20/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Adrian Leaper,  András Ligeti,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Classics From The Crypt
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61238 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Georges Prętre,  Fritz Reiner,  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 42.
    Fright Night - Music That Goes Bump In The Night
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45530 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Liszt,  Charles Ives,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Gilbert Kalish,  E. Power Biggs,  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Eugene Ormandy,  Lorin Maazel,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York String Quartet  ... 
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  • 43.
    Chiller / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80189 Release Date: 08/10/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Jerry Goldsmith,  John Addison,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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