Stamp of the Month: June 2018

Edvard Grieg

The Norwegian pianist and composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg was born in Bergen on 15 June 1843. He died on 4 September 1907 in his hometown. In June 2018 the musical world celebrates his 175th birth anniversary.
From the age of six Grieg received regular piano lessons from his mother and began to design his first compositions at the age of nine. On the recommendation of the famous violinist Ole Bull, he studied from 1858 to 1862 at the conservatory in Leipzig. After graduation, he worked as a pianist. Together with other composers he co-founded a Concert Society for new Scandinavian music in Copenhagen. On his numerous trips as a pianist and conductor, he met, among others, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Clara Schumann and Peter Tchaikovsky.

Monaco 10.11.1993
Similar to the Mighty Handful in Russia, Grieg merged elements of folk music of his homeland with compositional achievements of late romanticism. His greatest significance lies in the piano and chamber music. Of his orchestral works, the two “Peer Gynt Suites”, the suite “From Holberg’s Time” and the piano concerto are still very popular.

The video shows the both Peer-Gynt Suites performed by the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra (RTVE) under the baton of Guillermo García Calvo.

Norway 15.6.1943

Soviet Union 24.12.1957

Albania 26.1.1995

Norway 3.5.1983

Norway 23.4.1993

Norway 23.4.1993

Belgium 24.3.2007