08.12.08 by Jeff

Victor Borge

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I ended up watching a fascinating documentary about Danish pianist (and comedian) Victor Borge. I realised that I had seen many of his routines on television over the years, but it really hit me yesterday just how insanely talented he was.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvUbrbFdJ8g[/youtube]

This is footage of Victor Borge and violinist Anton Kontra improvising during a spontaneous encore. The music suggested for the encore is a selection that Borge had heard but never played before. Incredible! They are like two jazz musicians conversing with their instruments.

Here’s another great clip of Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro playing the Minute Waltz:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWrqtJTEmBk[/youtube]

And some of his comedic stuff, this one with Dean Martin:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7L02tCNi0I[/youtube]





  • http://flickr.com/photos/dutchct/ dutch

    what was the documentary called?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    i think it was just called Legendary Victor Borge, not positive though.

  • http://www.lolzies.com Charlie Trotter

    Borge is solid class.

  • http://illsideink.com DanaWoulfe

    RAD! My grams took me to see him when i was a young buck. Good times!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    wow lucky – i woulda loved to have seen him perform live

  • Hiroyuki Hamada

    Those were fun clips, thanks Jeff. I wonder if my guitar heroes will be rocking out when they are in their 80s. I somehow doubt it but maybe…

  • http://www.okaygreat.com Brendan

    That’s classic with Dean Martin. I was just reading this – http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/12/how-to-mod-a-pi.html – this morning; it’s a good article on piano mods & the group ‘Hauschka.’

  • Julie Groove

    Victor Borge is legendary in Danish entertainment :)