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Edvard Hagerup Grieg

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (Composer)

Born: 15th June 1843, Bergen

Died: 4th September 1907, Bergen

Nationality: Norwegian

Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the main Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions brought the music of Norway to international consciousness, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius did in Finland and Bedřich Smetana did in Bohemia.

Grieg is the most celebrated person from the city of Bergen, with numerous statues that are depicting his image, and many cultural entities named after him: the city's largest concert building (Grieg Hall), its most advanced music school (Grieg Academy) and its professional choir (Edvard Grieg Kor).

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Recording of the Week, Grieg from Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes

The two Norwegians do their countryman proud in a programme which includes Haugtussa, Five Songs by Otto Benzon, and the Six Songs Op. 48.

Recording of the Week, Edward Gardner conducts the incidental music from Grieg's Peer Gynt

Katherine embarks on a thrilling journey to the Hall of the Mountain-King in the company of Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic.

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