la ragione

la ragione

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

Works by Beethoven, Hummel, Bortolazzi


Raffaele La Ragione, brescian mandolin – Marco Crosetto, fortepiano

ARCANA (Outhere Music) A117 – March 2020


Works by Margola, Richiedei

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

Brilliant Classics 96037 – December 2019


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

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


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

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


Upcoming concerts
Past concerts

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