The Sari Biro Legacy has just been released by Cambria Master Recordings for a new generation of music listeners. The four-disc box set encompasses most of the recorded performances of the American career of the legendary Hungarian pianist Sari Biro (1910-1990). Accompanying the discs is a photo-filled 44-page full-color booklet containing a detailed biography and program notes.

This historic collection reflects Biro’s eclectic repertoire, ranging from the earliest surviving radio transcriptions of 1944 through her last New York recital at Tully Hall in 1972. Included are works by (in order of presentation on the discs): Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, Kodaly, Milhaud, Beethoven, Bartok, Leo Weiner, Albeniz, Casella, Kabalevsky, Mussorgsky, Menotti, Chopin, Schumann, Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Gershwin. Biro was the first woman pianist to record Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as works by Kodaly and Bartok. She was also the only woman to present nine piano concerti in three consecutive performances in Carnegie Hall. Five of these are heard in this set.

Cambria’s purpose in issuing these discs is to give 21st Century classical music listeners the opportunity to hear the technical mastery, emotional intensity, and communicative power of this dazzling pianist.

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The Sari Biro Legacy can be ordered through Cambria’s website: