beethoven and his contemporaries
the new album
Born in Naples in 1986, Raffaele La Ragione took up the mandolin at a very early age. Pursuing his longstanding interest in musicological research and the original repertoire for the instrument, he earned a degree in Drama, Art and Music Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Bologna, with a thesis on the instrument building and musical tradition of the Neapolitan Calace family. He subsequently earned a degree in mandolin at the Milan Conservatory with Ugo Orlandi.
Raffaele regularly performs with various orchestral and chamber ensembles, and has given concerts throughout Italy and Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey), as well as in Asia (China, Japan, South Korea). Ensembles include, among others, the Greek National Opera, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Myung-Whun Chung), the OSI Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, Silete Venti, and I Solisti Veneti (Claudio Scimone).
Since 2009, he has performed regularly with the pianist Giacomo Ferrari, in both concerts and recordings dedicated to the original repertoire for mandolin and piano: Serenata Napoletana (Brilliant Classics, 2015), and Margola Music for mandolin and other chamber music (Brilliant Classics, 2019). In 2015 he founded the Motus Mandolin Quartet with whom he recorded the album Raffaele Calace Music for Mandolin Quartet (Brilliant Classics, 2017). Together with Ugo Orlandi, following years of research, he recorded the album Nicola Calace Je Reviendrai (2014), dedicated to the figure of Nicola Calace, Raffaele’s brother. Together with Ugo Orlandi, he also oversaw the publication of the book Carlo Munier il poeta del mandolino (2011).
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, he recorded the CD Beethoven and his contemporaries with the fortepianist Marco Crosetto, which will be released in March 2020 on the Arcana label (Outhere Music).
Since 2018 he has been a permanent member of the Orchestra Italiana of Renzo Arbore, with whom he has toured Italy and appeared in television broadcasts on Rai1, Rai2 and Rai5.
Beethoven and His Contemporaries
Live Recording Senn, Milanesi, Dolcini, Galli, Borgioni, Martin-Cartón, Agudelo
Orchestra Silete Venti! on period instruments Simone Toni, conductor
A project by Barnaba Fornasetti
Warner Classics – January 2018
Calace - Music for Mandolin Quartet
Music by Raffaele Calace
MOTUS Mandolin Quartet:
Nunzio Reina / Michele de Martino, mandolins –
Raffaele La Ragione, mandola – Salvatore Della Vecchia, liuto cantabile and arrangements
Brilliant Classics 95494 – August 2017
Works by Munier, Sorrentino, Calveri, Romaniello, Coppola, Poppi, Ancona, Serrao, D’Arienzo, De Crescenzo, Silvestri
Raffaele La Ragione, mandolin –
Giacomo Ferrari, piano
Brilliant Classics 95096 – January 2015
On the wings
At the moment there aren’t concerts.
27 febbraio 2020
Teatro Lyrick – Assisi / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana
8 febbraio 2020
Teatro Rendano – Cosenza / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana
25 gennaio 2020
La Città del Teatro – Cascina (PI) / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana
10 gennaio 2020
Ateneo di Brescia – Brescia / Conferenza Giacomo Merchi chitarrista bresciano (1730-1789) / with Gabriele Zanetti, guitar