In the second half of the seventeenth century, London experienced an artistic golden age, with the arrival of many foreign musicians and the proliferation of theatres and concert halls where audiences came to listen to the stars of the moment. One of these musicians was the Italian Nicola Matteis, who arrived around 1660 and became the sensation of the London music scene. Purcell was only a child at the time and there is no record of their meeting, but it is very likely that he was familiar with Matteis’s works, including his Ayres , recorded here for the first time in a version for four-part consort.
In September 2022, Jean-Paul Gasparian recorded his first CD for Naïve in the Salon de musique of the Fondation Singer-Polignac mansion. This CD, dedicated to Claude Debussy, was released in May 2023.