Pia Davila and Linda Leine


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The soprano singer Pia Davila and the pianist Linda Leine have been working together for several years. They already got to know each other during their joint bachelor's studies at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg; in the summer of 2014, they began - initially without any professional ulterior motives - to discover joint repertoire. This collaboration quickly turned out to be very enriching. A short time later, the two musicians snatched third prize at the ninth international song duo competition "Schubert and the Modern" in Graz. Since then, Pia Davila and Linda Leine have regularly performed together. In 2016, the duo won first prize at the International Competition for "Verfemte Musik". 

The two artists perform their carefully selected, varied programs, which include both well-known and new repertoire, "with a special expressiveness and a deep artistic intention." (Jury discussion in Graz "Schubert and the Modern Age")

In doing so, the most delicate nuances of sound design and the curiosity to explore the deep contents of a poem or song are of utmost importance to the duo. Each piece thus contains its unique colouration in itself and the overall context of the program design. 


"Humour is the umbrella of the wise"

Erich Kästner

"Humour is the umbrella of the wise" is a quote by the author Erich Kästner and leads us to the program's theme: humorous compositions by ostracised musicians.

So we will approach the infinitely sad background on which the topic of ostracism is based from a completely different angle: We will mainly play humorous songs because we want you to take these composers into your hearts just as much as we do. It is important to us to present a varied, fresh and intense programme. Since 2016, a particular focus of our work has been on the music of ostracised composers, so that we have now been able to compile the highlights for this programme from the extensive repertoire.

Among the names such as Stephan, Zeisl, Ullmann, Schönberg or Mamlok, Schönberg will be the best known. In this way, we can give this much too unknown music its well-deserved status.

The period in which the composers worked is a fascinating one artistically: born when music was still mainly composed in harmony, the composers ventured into the modern era. Harmonically, therefore, this music is not only beautiful but also particularly appealing because of this breeze of modernity.

Close to nature, we devote the first half to songs that have either an animal or a plant as their theme. The second part is a little sadder and more wistful, singing the lonely birch tree or transfiguring the moon in the two lullabies. In the third part, the programme returns to its basic theme with "Irgendwo auf der Welt" ("Somewhere in the World"): humour is the umbrella of the wise. 

Der Humor ist der Regenschirm der Weisen

Pia Davila, Sopran
Linda Leine, Klavier

Der Natur auf der Spur

Bert Reisfeld (1906-1991) / Albrecht Marcuse (1906-1974)
Mein kleiner, grüner Kaktus (Herda)

Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)

aus Brettl-Lieder (1901), Nr. 1

Der genügsame Liebhaber

Rudi Stephan (1887-1915)

aus: Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied

Pantherlied (von Robertus)

Erich Zeisl (1905-1959)

aus: Frühe Lieder

Vor meinem Fenster (Holz)

Die fünf Hühnerchen (Blüthgen) Der Schäfer (Goethe)


Ilse Weber (1903-1944)

Wiegala (Weber)

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)

aus: Drei Jiddische Lieder

Berjoskele (Einhorn)

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)

Berceuse Nr. 1

Rudi Stephan (1887-1915)

aus: Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied

Kythere (von Robertus)

Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016)

On top of a hill (Nathan)


Mischa Spoliansky (1898-1985) 

aus: 100 Meter Glück 

Ich bin ein Vamp 

Werner Richard Heymann (1896-1961)

Irgendwo auf der Welt gibts ein kleines Glück (Heymann / Gilbert)


Stefan Wolpe (1902-1947) 

aus: Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Erich Kästner, Nr. 3 

Ansprache einer Bardame (Kästner) 

Ultimately incomplete mini world tour in thoughts

Who hasn't wanted to take a trip around the world? Around the world in 240 days? Before we turn our dreams into action in the distant, unknown future, we thought it would be easier, cheaper, less complicated, more likeable and also more creative to travel in our minds. And also better for the hips, if you don't have to carry so much. 
Speaking of lugging: But since we as stewardesses have enjoyed "only" classical training, we also have "only" classical works in our suitcase - the music of this world as beautiful as it is varied and different, so we decided to travel "only" with the classical luggage. 
And anyone who writes "only" three times in an announcement text cannot hide the fact that we are leaving far too many countries out. We set off from the land of cheese, via the land of roses to the land of mountains, briefly back to the land of rain (no, not Hamburg), then fly west across the great ocean, melt in the southern heats of the continent and from there dash straight into the cold of the great broad forests of the far east, only to land safely back in the land of cheese. 

Völlig unvollständige Mini-Weltreise in Gedanken

Pia Davila, Sopran
Linda Leine, Klavier

Henri Duparc (1848-1933) 

L’invitation au voyage (Baudelaire) 

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

Clair de Lune (Verlaine)

Notre amour (Silvestre) 

Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944)

Sombrero (Guinand) 

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 

Music for a while (Dryden/Lee) 

George Crumb (*1929) 

Three Early Songs: 


Night (Southey) 

Let it be forgotten (Teasdale) 

Wind Elegy (Teasdale) 

Rodion Schtschedrin (*1932) 

aus: Drei Solfeggien 


Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) 

Op. 1, Nr. 1, Erwartung (Dehmel) 
aus Brettl-Lieder (1901), no.1 Der genügsame Liebhaber (Salus)

Camille van Lunen (*1957) 

Garten (Kolmar) 

Chagall (Ausländer) 

Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) 

Röschen biss den Apfel an (Keller) 

Erich Zeisl (1905-1959)

aus: Frühe Lieder

Vor meinem Fenster (Holz) 

Der Schäfer (Goethe)

Die fünf Hühnerchen (Blüthgen)

Ilse Weber (1903-1944) 

Wiegala (Weber) 

Werner Richard Heymann (1896-1961)

Irgendwo auf der Welt gibt’s ein kleines Glück