Raffaele La Ragione
Brescian mandolin

Marco Crosetto


16.09.2022 – 20:00
Palazzo Sangiovanni
Alessano (LECCE)

Beethoven and his Contemporaries


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Adagio ma non troppo in Mi bemolle maggiore
Sonatina in C Major, WoO 44/a
Sonatina in C Minor, WoO 43/a
Andante con variazioni in re maggiore

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837)

Grande Sonata in C Major, Op. 37a

Giovanni Paisiello (1740–1816)

Capriccio per Cembalo o Pian-forte e Violino (Mandolino)

Bartolomeo Bortolazzi (1773–1846)

Sonata in Re maggiore op.9

Raffaele La Ragione

“The young Raffaele La Ragione is today to the mandolin what Gustav Leonhardt was to the harpsichord” (Le Monde). Born in Naples in 1986, Raffaele La Ragione has devoted himself to researching historical plectrum instruments and their original repertoire, to which he has dedicated numerous recordings.
In 2020, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, he released his first disc for Arcana, Beethoven and his Contemporaries, which was favorably received by the critics: “Vividly performed and recorded disc” (BBC Music Magazine).
Since 2018 he has been part of the Orchestra Italiana of Renzo Arbore, the most famous Italian singer-songwriter and showman in the world, with whom he has made numerous tours and television broadcasts.

Marco Crosetto

Harpsichordist Marco Crosetto studied in his hometown at the Conservatory of Turin as pianist, composer, and harpsichordist. He also studied at Barcelona’s ESMUC as an Erasmus student with Béatrice Martin and in Paris, at the CRR, with Noëlle Spieth and Stéphane Fuget. As soloist and chamber musician he has performed in the most distinguished concert halls in Europe. He is much sought after as a continuo player, working with Pietà dei Turchini in Napoli, La Venexiana, Mare Nostrum,… He is a founding member of baroque ensemble La Vaghezza, with whom he won the Haendel Göttingen Competition in 2018. He was semifinalist at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition in 2018. Since 2017 he has been employed by the ancient music departments of the conservatoires of Torino, Novara and Cuneo as accompanist.