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Music in Country Churches, Northleach: Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto with Raffaele La Ragione

May 24 | 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

Vivaldi was a violinist without equal, but baroque Venice hosted superstar performers on every type of instrument, and he never failed to rise to the challenge. Today, La Serenissima is joined by the mandolin virtuoso Raffaele La Ragione – an artist with a deep affinity for the Italian baroque, in whose hands the mandolin can weep, sing, dance and (of course) laugh. Naturally, Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto is the centrepiece of tonight’s concert, but when La Serenissima takes the stage, all bets are off. Expect an evening filled with 18th century surprises and delights, from showstopping musical fireworks to heartfelt Italian melody.


At 6pm: Pre-concert talk by MATTHEW RICE, author of Venice: A Sketchbook Guide

Concerto IX for Violin, Strings & Continuo in D Minor RV 232, Opus 8
Concerto for Mandolin, Strings & Continuo in C Major RV 425
Concerto XI for Violin, Strings & Continuo in D Major, RV 210, Opus 8


Concerto for Viola d’amore, Lute, Strings & Continuo in D Minor, RV 540
Concerto for Strings & Continuo in F Major, RV 142
Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings & Continuo in G Major, RV 532


La Serenissima
Adrian Chandler violin
Raffaele La Ragione