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: Peer Gynt / Popp, Marriner, ASMF
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 47003   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kitayenko, Andsnes, Bergen
Release Date: 08/14/2007   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 91369   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Ousset, Marriner, Masur
Release Date: 06/15/1999   Label: Emi Seraphim  
Catalog: 73428   Number of Discs: 1
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To My Friends - Brahms, Grieg, Loewe, Wolf / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: London/Decca Jubilee  
Catalog: 000787802   Number of Discs: 1
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    Voices of Firestone II DVD 4-Pack
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4985 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Vincenzo D'Annibale  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Franco Corelli,  Eleanor Steber,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
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    One Chance [original Soundtrack]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301047 Release Date: 01/07/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ennio Morricone,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Neal Cooper,  Paul Potts,  Jan Bengtson,  Per Magnusson  ... 
    Conductor:  David Snell,  Gavin Greenaway,  Henrik Janson,  Ulf Janson  ... 
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    Horizons Lyriques
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111128 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Schneydermann,  Caroline Dumas
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    An Album Of Ballet Melodies / The World's Favorite Love Songs
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 4503 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Gounod,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Mario Lanza - The Toast Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 374163 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Guy d' Hardelot,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Elaine Malbin
    Conductor:  Ray Sinatra,  Constantin Callinicos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Studio Orchestra
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    Songs & Scenes
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1269 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Henry Purcell,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Gerald Moore
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    Voyage Home: Songs Of Finland, Sweden And Norway
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3254 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erkki Melartin,  Traditional,  Fredrik Pacius,  Vaino Hannikainen  ... 
    Performer:  Rhonda Kline,  Mimmi Fulmer,  Bruce Bengtson
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    Lauritz Melchior: The Art Of The Heldentenor In Opera And Song - Vol 1 & 2
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4794 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Sigmund Romberg,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Lauritz Melchior
    Conductor:  Howard Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Live Comeback Concerts
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233552 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Spoken Word,  Eduardo Toldrá,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Vincenzo Scalera,  José Carreras,  Ronald Schneider
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    Tell Me The Truth About Love
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Robert Schumann,  Lili Boulanger,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Amanda Roocroft,  Joseph Middleton
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    Sangare Till Gladje 2012
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 203 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Grandert,  Paul Simon,  Edvard Grieg,  John Newton  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lindkvist,  Stefan Lindgren,  Torbjörn Pettersson,  Andre Baraula  ... 
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    Songs Of Schubert, Sibelius & Grieg / Miah Persson, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Miah Persson,  Richard Hosford
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  • 13.
    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 679002 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Carlo del Monte,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Tullio Serafin,  Giuseppe Morelli  ... 
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    Mario Lanza Double Feature Vol 1 - For The First Time & That Midnight Kiss
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60516 Release Date: 07/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo di Paola,  George Stoll,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Hauff,  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
    Conductor:  George Stoll,  Constantin Callinicos,  Ray Sinatra
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    Hommage  - Joseph Rouleau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298746 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Arrigo Boito,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Rouleau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Peter Glossop  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Tullio Serafin,  Nello Santi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Tribute To Lionel Tertis & William Primrose
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 630 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Collier,  Yizhak Schotten
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    Karl Schmitt-Walter, Lieder Vol 3 - Brahms, Grieg, Loewe, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10385 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Raucheisen,  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Franz Rupp
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    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Mario Lanza - Original Album Classics
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 759218 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sigmund Romberg,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Franz Lehár,  Walter Donaldson  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
    Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos,  Ray Sinatra,  George Stoll,  Henri René
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Songs From The North
    Label: Phaedra   Catalog: 292004 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Sjögren,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Toivo Kuula  ... 
    Performer:  Hillevi Martinpelto,  Matti Hirvonen
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    Icon - Hans Hotter - The Great Bass-Baritone
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64901 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Sidney Sutcliffe,  Geraint Jones,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bernard,  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Meinhard Von Zallinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus  ... 
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    Christmas Concert / José Carreras
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4368 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Katherine K. Davis,  Traditional,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras
    Conductor:  David Gimenez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra
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    Icon - Victoria De Los Angeles - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17308 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Boris Christoff,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli,  Stanford Robinson,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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