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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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  • 26.
    Norwegian Rhapsody - Grieg, Halvorsen, Etc / Aadland, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 08/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Eivind Groven,  Johannes Hanssen,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Norwegian Classical Favourites - Grieg, Halvorsen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557017 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Olsen,  Rikard Nordraak,  Edvard Grieg,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    The Four Seasons - A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469376 Release Date: 01/13/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Astor Piazzolla,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Göran Söllscher,  Dino Ciani,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Claudio Abbado,  Lorin Maazel,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 29.
    Nordic Light - Grieg, Et Al / Ericsson, Royal Strings
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1181 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Erna Tauro,  Ture Rangström,  Lille Bror Söderlundh  ... 
    Performer:  Matts Arnberg,  Olof Flodin
    Conductor:  Magnus Ericsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Strings
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Classical Favorites - Mozart, Pachelbel, Et Al / Marriner
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73289 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Iona Brown
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 32.
    Explore The Classics - Love
    Label: Allegro   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 03/31/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Gustav Mahler,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Julianne Baird,  Ronn McFarlane,  Martin Jones,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Leopold Stokowski,  Maurice Abravanel,  Sir Charles Groves  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Music For Quiet Listening Vol 2
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434390 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Anatole Liadov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  David Burge,  Robert Sprenkle,  Francis Tursi,  Armand Basile  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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  • 34.
    In Memoriam - Music For Solemn Occasions
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553435 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Bertalan Hock,  Jozef Cejka,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Okko Kamu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Historic Organs Of Maine
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 92 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely  ... 
    Performer:  Dr. Frances Nobert,  Lorenz Maycher,  J. Bryan Dyker,  George Bozeman  ... 
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Romance - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68459 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Michie Koyama,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Marie-Claire Jamet,  Riri Shimada
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Eugene Ormandy,  John Georgiadis,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    James Galway - The Lark In The Clear Air
    Label: Rca Victor   Catalog: 61379 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Hiro Fujikake,  James Galway
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  • 39.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556658 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Alfred Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Capella Istropolitana,  Camerata Cassovia  ... 
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  • 40.
    British Bandsmen Centenary Concert
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4513 Release Date: 03/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Arthur Sullivan,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Elgar Howarth  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  James Shepherd,  William Lang,  Maurice Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Mortimer,  Major Peter Parkes,  James Scott,  Roy Newsome
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Black Dyke Mills Band,  IMI Yorkshire Imperial Bands
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  • 41.
    The World Of Brass / Sellers Engineering Band
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4511 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gordon Langford  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Beatty,  Darren Stott,  Kathleen Stokes,  Thomas Ruedi  ... 
    Conductor:  Douglas Blackledge,  Phillip McCann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band
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  • 42.
    Brass Favorites / Dennison, Fairey Band
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6530 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Gioachino Rossini,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Harry Foster,  Marcus Cutts
    Conductor:  Kenneth Dennison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Williams Fairey Band
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  • 43.
    Dinner Classics - Romance
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 48260 Release Date: 04/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frederick Delius,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Rafael Druian,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60832 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Kjell Baekkelund,  Judith Blegen
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Odd Grüner-Hegge,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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