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: 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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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Alba  
Catalog: 356   Number of Discs: 1
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Edvard Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 4
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 92670   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Mendelssohn: Psalms / Kvam, Oslo Cathedral Choir
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5171   Number of Discs: 1
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    Edith Oldrup - Lyrical Soprano Of The Danish Royal Opera
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 09/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Jean Baptiste Edouard Dupuy,  Peter Heise,  Aksel Agerby  ... 
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    Sommerregn / Duo La Valse
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 605 Release Date: 05/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Ludolf Nielsen,  Edvard Grieg,  Christian Sinding
    Performer:  Pauline Kehlet,  Nicolai Kjolsen
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    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75888 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Manuel de Falla,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Carlo Del Monte,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Giuseppe Morelli,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
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    On Wings Of Song - Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69502 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
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    Songs Of Many Lands / Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1207 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Arne Oddvar Dorumsgaard,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Dalton Baldwin
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    Giuseppe Anselmi - The Great Recordings Of 1907-1913
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9227 Release Date: 06/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Giuseppe Anselmi,  Luigi Denza,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Anselmi
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    Eloquence - 'o Sole Mio /Domingo, Wunderlich, Schreier, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469648 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Tommaso Giordani,  Teodoro Cottrau,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Robert Hanell,  Hans Carste,  Marcel Peeters,  Karl-Heinz Loges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad
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  • 59.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Romantic Nights / Bocelli, Pavarotti, Domingo, Lanza, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63473 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Testa,,  Schoener,,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  Jussi Björling,  Placido Domingo,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Jonel Perlea,  Fernando Previtali,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    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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    The Three Tenors - Paris 1998 / Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras
    Label: Atlantic   Catalog: 83110 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Helen Guy,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Lalo Schifrin,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Kirsten Flagstad - Songs By Grieg, Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9092 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  Antonín Dvorák,  Alf Hurum,  Agathe Backer Grondahl  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Edwin MacArthur
    Conductor:  Warwick Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 74.
    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:  Nanette Nowels-Stenholm,  Solveig Faringer
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  • 75.
    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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