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biography

“The young Raffaele La Ragione is now on the mandolin what Gustav Leonhardt was once on the harpsichord” Le Monde

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. With him 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 (Arcana 2020).

Since 2018 he has been a member of the Orchestra Italiana of Renzo Arbore, with whom he has toured Italy and appeared in television broadcasts on Rai1, Rai2 and Rai5.

discography

beethoven-and-his-contemporaries

Beethoven and His Contemporaries

Works by Beethoven, Hummel, Bortolazzi

 

Raffaele La Ragione brescian mandolin
Marco Crosetto fortepiano

ARCANA (Outhere Music) A117 – March 2020

margola

Margola

Works by Margola, Richiedei

Raffaele La Ragione mandolin
Gabriele Zanetti guitar
Daniele Richiedei violin
Giacomo Ferrari piano

Brilliant Classics 96037 – December 2019

don-giovanni

Mozart
Don Giovanni

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

raffaele calace

Calace - Music for Mandolin Quartet

Works 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

serenata-napoletana

Serenata
Napoletana

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

calace-je-reviendrai

Nicola Calace
Je Reviendrai

Works by Nicola Maria Calace

Raffaele La Ragione mandolin and liuto cantabile
Ugo Orlandi mandolin
Giacomo Ferrari piano

CMI – September 2014

solisti-veneti-on-the-wings-of-love

On the wings
of love

Works by Mouret, Vivaldi, Pasculli, Rossini, Chopin, Mozart, Paganini, Drigo, Boccherini, Grieg, Charpentier

I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone conductor

Ermitage FAB12076 – December 2007

concerts

10 january

ATENEO DI BRESCIA / “Giacomo Merchi, chitarrista bresciano (1730-1789)” / with Gabriele Zanetti, guitar

25 january

LA CITTà DEL TEATRO – CASCINA (PI) with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

8 february

TEATRO RENDANO – COSENZA with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

27 february

TEATRO LYRICK – ASSISI with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

2 august

Prateria Inferiore Giardini Reali – Portici / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

4 august

Piazza della Repubblica – Piano di Sorrento / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

7 august

Divinae Follie – Bisceglie with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

19 august

Teatro dei Ruderi – Diamante with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

21 august

Castello Carafa – Roccella Jonica / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana

23 august

Piazza Libertà – Ragusa / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

26 august

Piazza Castello – Benevento / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

29 august

S. Maria di Castellabbate / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

31 august

Rione Terra – Pozzuoli (NA) / “Anima Napoletana, suggestioni in musica” / with Acustico Napoletano

3 september

amalfi / with Renzo Arbore & L’Orchestra Italiana

8 september

Teatro Monterosa – Torino / MiTo Festival 2020 / “Il Mandolino di Beethoven” / with Giacomo Ferrari, piano

11 september

CHIESA S. CATERINA DA SIENA – FONDAZIONE PIETÀ DE’ TURCHINI – NAPOLI / ESTRO E COMPASSIONE – PIANO CITY 2020
“Il Mandolino di Beethoven” / with Marco Crosetto, fortepiano

13 september

Palazzo Annibaldeschi – Montecompatri (RM) / I Concerti di Campagna
“Il Mandolino di Beethoven” / with Marco Crosetto, fortepiano

18 september

SPAZIO TEATRO 89 – Milano / MiTo Festival 2020 / “Il Mandolino di Beethoven” / with Giacomo Ferrari, piano

19 september

Castello Angioino Aragonese – Agropoli (SA) / “Calace, Music for mandolin quartet” / with Motus Mandolin Quartet

press

Beethoven and his contemporaries

le monde

10.04.2020

“Le jeune Raffaele La Ragione est aujourd’hui à la mandoline ce que Gustav Leonhardt fut jadis
au clavecin.”
Pierre Gervasoni

Beethoven and his contemporaries

LA REPUBBLICA
ROBINSON

18.04.2020

“Le suona Raffaele La Ragione su un pepato mandolino bresciano, a quattro corde.”
Gregorio Moppi

Beethoven and his contemporaries

RES MUSICA

25.04.2020

“Raffaele La Ragione et Marco Crosetto nous restituent quelques pages pour instrument à clavier et mandoline, datant du tournant des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, un travail surprenant de beauté et de grâce. Du grand art.”
Maciej Chiżyński

Beethoven and his contemporaries

MUSICA

04.05.2020

“I due solisti hanno saputo dominare dall’alto la scrittura dei tre autori valorizzando appieno le
loro peculiarità stilistiche ed espressive, senza comunque rinunciare al più estroverso e brillante
virtuosismo.”
Claudio Bolzan

Beethoven and his contemporaries

MUSIKZEN

05.05.2020

“Interprétation de haut vol, une aubaine pour les mandolinistes.”
Marc Vignal

Beethoven and his contemporaries

DAG OG TID

15.05.2020

“The interpretation on the CD could not be better – the interaction is technically «tight», and the different effects are consistent. The pearly sound of this combination produces this unique one.”
Sjur Haga Bringeland

Beethoven and his contemporaries

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

June 2020

“Vividly performed and recorded disc.”
Bayan Northcott

Beethoven and his contemporaries

der spiegel

12.08.2020

“Wer Lust auf diese Rarität in Beethovens Œu­v­re hat, dem sei die CD ans Herz gelegt. Interpretiert ist sie schön von Raffaele La Ragione, der auf dem Nachbau einer Mandoline des 18.”
Thomas Schmoll

Beethoven and his contemporaries

THE MANDOLIN JOURNAL (CMSA)

AUGUST 2020

“The performances are crisp, fresh-sounding (very difficult in this repertoire), imaginative, vivacious, and extremely musical – basically, how I imagine this music really would (and arguably, should) sound if I could travel back in time. Even if you have many (many, many …) recordings of this music, I strongly recommend it – and if, somehow, you don’t have a recording of this music, this could easily serve as the reference in your collection. Recorded sound is world-class.”
Robert Margo  

MARGOLA: MUSIC FOR MANDOLIN AND OTHER CHAMBER MUSIC

THE MANDOLIN JOURNAL (CMSA)

august 2020

“This superb CD illustrates the world-class performance and musicological skills of Raffaele la Ragione, serves as an excellent introduction to Margola’s chamber music for mandolin and guitar. The music is eminently worthwhile and impeccably performed.”

Robert Margo