We [Naxos] are very saddened to hear of Kaija Saariaho’s passing, our condolences to all who knew her. In tribute to Kaija, and the everlasting impression she has made on the musical landscape, BIS records will release her new album ‘Reconnaissance’ on 30th June 2023.
Robert von Bahr (Founder & CEO of BIS Records) writes: “The SACD starts with ‘a ray from heaven’ with one of the most beautiful soprano voices I have heard. It will symbolise my memories of this great composer. In the context of this tragic fact, the title of the first (and last) piece takes on a special meaning: Nuits, adieux. Nights, goodbye, indeed, Kaija! Rest in peace, wherever you are!! Your friend Robert.”