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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: Violin Concertos / Kraggerud, Tromso CO
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573137   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Complete Orchestral Works / Engeset
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 508015   Number of Discs: 8
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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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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: Norwegian Dances, Ballade, Etc / Engeset, Royal Scottish NO
Release Date: 03/27/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557854   Number of Discs: 1
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    Masterpieces in Miniature / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Charles Litolff,  Gustav Mahler,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Complete Orchestral Works / Engeset
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 508015 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Edmund Neupert
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen,  Hĺvard Gimse
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir,  Malmö Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner, Ohlsson
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94610 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Music For A Royal Celebration
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  George Frideric Handel,  Gerald Finzi,  Peter Maxwell Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Hunt,  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Roger Judd
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden,  Pieter Schoeman,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Ilmar Lapinsch,  Klaus Arp  ... 
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    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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    Springtime In The Park
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96834 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Bruno Rigutto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Felix Slatkin,  Paavo Berglund,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - Lightly Classical
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Challet,  Angela Morley,  Sir William Walton,  Frank De Vol  ... 
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    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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    Aurora - Music Of The Northern Lights / Jarvi, Gothenburg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471747 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    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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    Original Jacket Collection - Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 727987 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow,  Isaac Stern,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    40 Most Beautiful Spring Classics - Vivaldi, Glazunov, Copland, Etc / Masur, Koopman, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447100 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Marieke Blankestijn,  Sumi Jo,  Barbara Bonney,  Viktoria Postnikova  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Kurt Masur,  Zubin Mehta,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, etc / Engeset, Dam-Jensen, Knudsen, Malmö Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570236 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Palle Knudsen
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    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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    Grieg: Historic Chamber Music Recordings / Budapest Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61826 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Leopold Mittman,  Mischa Elman
    Conductor:  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    The Service Of Prayer & Dedication Following The Royal Wedding
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 90405 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexander Grechaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Judd
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Windsor Castle St. George's Chapel Choir
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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Norwegian Airs, Etc / Pople, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 496840 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Grieg: Music For Strings / Barratt-due, Oslo Camerata
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557890 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
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  • 24.
    Kdfc - Islands Of Sanity 3 - 100% Natural
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557917 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Ferde Grofé,  Frederick Delius,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Peter Donohoe,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  William T. Stromberg,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Mike Dixon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    Popular Pieces For Trumpet & Organ / Antonsen, Marshall
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85462 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ole Edvard Antonsen
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