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: Lyric Pieces / Stephen Hough
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68070   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Grieg, Hough: Cello Sonatas / Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68079   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Music Vol 8 / Einar Steen-nokleberg
Release Date: 01/23/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553394   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius: Music For Violin & Piano
Release Date: 11/13/2007   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72171   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Olav Trygvason; Landkjenning; Sigurd Jorsalfar / Engeset, Malmo Symphony
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573045   Number of Discs: 1
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Kirsten Flagstad Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89514 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  Richard Strauss,  Frank Bridge,  James Hotchkiss Rogers  ... 
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    Hans Hotter - Early Emi Recordings - Schubert, Wagner, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 12/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Gerald Moore,  Michael Raucheisen,  Hermann von Nordberg
    Conductor:  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  George Weldon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Norwegian Violin Favourites / Kraggerud, Engeset, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554497 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen,  Ole Borneman Bull,  Johan Svendsen  ... 
    Performer:  Henning Kraggerud
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
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    Diamonds In The Snow - Nordic Songs / Bonney, Pappano
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466762 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Sjöberg,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Hugo Alfvén,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Pappano,  Barbara Bonney
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    The Three Tenors - Paris 1998 / Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras
    Label: Atlantic (Dvd)   Catalog: 52052 Release Date: 12/08/1998  
    Composer:  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Lalo Schifrin,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 902470 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Agustín Lara,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Lucio Dalla  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Karin Branzell Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89148 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Edvard Grieg,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Branzell,  Björn Talén,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Wilhelm Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Essential Operetta / Tucker, Della Casa, Reardon, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63059 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé,  Carl Zeller,  George Forrest  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  Lisa Della Casa,  John Reardon,  Helena Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Allers,  Lehman Engel,  Skitch Henderson,  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  American Opera Society Chorus,  American Opera Society Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Songs / Bodil Arnesen, Erling Ragner Eriksen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553781 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Bodil Arnesen,  Erling Ragnar Eriksen
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  • 60.
    The Complete Aksel Schiotz Recordings Vol 2
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 452 Release Date: 10/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Folmer Jensen,  Aksel Schiotz,  Gerald Moore
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  • 61.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Julia Migenes Sings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90047 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Paul McCartney,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Migenes
    Conductor:  Johannes Fehring
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Big Band
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  • 63.
    Kirsten Flagstad Vol 3 - Live Performances 1948-1957
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1823 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Viorica Ursuleac,  Set Svanholm
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Georges Sebastian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Swedish Society Discofil   Catalog: 1049 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ture Rangström,  Gunnar de Frumerie,  Wilhelm Stenhammar  ... 
    Performer:  Solveig Faringer,  Nanette Nowels-Stenholm
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  • 65.
    Grieg: Songs / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437521 Release Date: 06/22/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Bengt Forsberg,  Anne Sofie von Otter
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    Grieg: Songs / Nina Grieg, Barrientos, Slezak, Elwes, Hempel
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1810 Release Date: 06/16/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Olive Kline,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Robert Burg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Label: Living Era   Catalog: 5155 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Valverde,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Joan Hammond,  Conchita Supervia,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Leslie Heward,  Gustav Cloëz,  Otto Dobrindt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Rosario Bourdon
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Edvard Grieg


WORKS
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 2. Sarabande (Andante)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 3. Gavotte (Allegretto) - Musette (poco più mosso) - Gavotte
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 4. Air (Andante religioso)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - 1. Morning Mood
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - 2. The Death Of Aase
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - 3. Anitra's Dance
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55 - 1. The Abduction (Ingrid's Lament)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55 - 2. Arabian Dance
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55 - 3. Peer Gynt's Return
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55 - 4. Solveig's Song