Best of the Proletenpassion, and other treats
Songs (in German) by Heinz Rudolf Unger & Co
Georg Herrnstadt, singer Beatrix Neundlinger and multi-instrumentalist Peter Marnul together composed many of the songs on “Proletenpassion” (Passion of the Proletariat), the classic political folk-rock album. And in their opinion, many of these songs are still “shockingly relevant” today. Yet another good reason to hear them again in this “Best of” collection!
Together with Herrnstadt, Willi Resetarits and Heinz Rudolf Unger were also heavily involved in this political oratorio by the Austrian band Schmetterlinge. The work was first performed in 1976 as a theatrical production under the direction of Dieter Haspel at the Wiener Festwochen, and soon achieved cult status. It was recorded “in concert form” the following year, and released as a triple album. The continuing relevance of the Proletenpassion is evidenced by a number of re-recordings, such as “Proletenpassion 2015 ff.” by Gustav and Christine Eder, and also by several concert performances, including those staged at Theater Essen in May 2019.
As a foretaste, here is a particularly pithy extract from the Proletenpassion: “Wir haben eure Geschichte geschluckt, jetzt machen wir unsere Geschichte. Wir wollen die Wahrheit, die ganze Wahrheit haben, durch eure Lügen ging sie uns verschütt” (We’ve swallowed all your stories, now it’s us who’ll forge our history; we want the truth, the whole truth, which your lies have kept a mystery”).
Tickets: Band A €39/ B €35/ C €29; box seats €49; MuTh Club Student, children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9
Team and cast
- Vocals, saxophone, flute: Beatrix Neundlinger
- Piano, guitar: Georg Herrnstadt
- Vocals, harmonica, mandola, mandoline: Peter Marnul