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: Symphonic Dances, Etc / Rozhdestvensky
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10287   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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    Icon - Victoria De Los Angeles - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17308 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 7
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    Aino Ackté - Collected Recordings 1902-1913
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE883 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Goring Thomas,  André Messager,  Edvard Grieg,  Paul Vidal  ... 
    Performer:  Aino Ackté
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  • 28.
    In mir klingt ein Lied / Peter Schreier
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 90132 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fred Raymond,  Franz Liszt,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Rudolf Kattnigg  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier
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    Cesare Valletti Sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1413 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Roger Quilter,  Norman Dello Joio  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Taubman,  Cesare Valletti
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    Grieg: Works For Violoncello And Piano / Jaffé, Fröligh
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777284 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Andreas Fröhlich,  Ramon Jaffé
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  • 31.
    The Essential Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721441 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Agnes Baltsa,  Italo Tajo,  Robert [Baritone Vocals] Kerns  ... 
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  • 32.
    Aksel Schiotz - Danish Tenor 1933-1946, Vol 1-10
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 451/60 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Birger Sjöberg,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Niels Gade,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse  ... 
    Performer:  Jytte Gorki Schmidt,  Aksel Schiotz,  Mogens Wöldike,  Herman D. Koppel  ... 
    Conductor:  Aage Juhl Thomsen,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Mogens Wöldike,  Egisto Tango
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir,  Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Orchestra Copenhagen  ... 
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    The Essential Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721358 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  José Feliciano,  Richard Strauss,  N. Alvarez Solar-Quintes  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Kingley,  Juliet Midgley,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick,  Steven Mercurio,  Joan Casas,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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    Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi - Live In Tokyo 1973
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33542 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Salvatore Cardillo,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Renata Tebaldi
    Conductor:  Tadashi Mori
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Best Of Grieg
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000917202 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Marianne Eklöf,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Charles Kullman - Recordings 1925-1939
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10132 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Eduard Künneke,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Oley Speaks  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Kullman,  Kerstin Thorborg
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Bruno Walter,  Walter Goehr,  Ettore Panizza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Nordic Songs / Hendricks, Pöntinen
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88673 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Edvard Grieg,  Ture Rangström,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 38.
    Grand Prix - Grieg: Songs / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000818102 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bengt Forsberg
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  • 39.
    José Carreras Collection - The Vienna Comeback
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101401 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Rodolfo Falvo,  Agustín Lara,  Salvatore Cardillo  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Vincenzo Scalera
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  • 40.
    José Carreras Collection  6-disc Box Set
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101417 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Francesco Cilča,  Rodolfo Falvo,  Agustín Lara  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras
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  • 41.
    Grieg, Andersen / Paula Robison, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Karl Joachim Andersen
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 42.
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lars-Erik Larsson,  Pavol Simai,  Oskar Fredrik Lindberg,  Johan Helmich Roman  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Marcusson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Roman
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  • 43.
    Grieg, Wagner / Flagstad, Sargent, Bbc So
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4190 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    On Wings Of Song & Zarzuela Arias / Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56535 Release Date: 08/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Francisco Barbieri,  Manuel F. Caballero,  Vicente Lleó  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra Professors,  Sinfonia of London,  Coro de Cámara del Real
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  • 45.
    Songs You Love / Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 56529 Release Date: 08/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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  • 46.
    The Very Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552123 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Erling Ragnar Eriksen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Studt,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
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  • 47.
    The Complete Aksel Schiotz Recordings Vol 2
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 452 Release Date: 01/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Aksel Schiotz,  Folmer Jensen,  Gerald Moore
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  • 48.
    Peter Schreier - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2852 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Peter Cornelius,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Otto,  Peter Schreier,  Anton Spieler,  Karl-Dietfried Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Otmar Suitner,  Bernhard Klee,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 49.
    Songs By Scandinavian Composers / Ingeback, Larsson
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 94 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Peterson-Berger,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Gunnar de Frumerie,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Larsson,  Matti Hirvonen,  Karin Ingeback
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    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Giuseppe Verdi,  César Cui,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Céline,  Chris Gould
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