OP0261. I VESPRI SICILIANI (in German), Live Performance, 1951, Frankfurt, w. Schröder Cond. Frankfurt Ensemble; Helge Roswaenge, Heinrich Schlusnus, Maud Cunitz, Otto von Rohr, etc.; Helge Roswaenge & Heinrich Schlusnus, w.Rother Cond.: FORZA – Excerpt, recorded 1943, Berlin. (Italy) 2-Myto 932.79. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8014399000796
"Heinrich Schlusnus was one of two outstanding German baritones (the other was Gerhard Hüsch) who were most prominent in opera performances and lieder singing in Germany in the period between the wars. Schlusnus was renowned as the leading Verdi baritone at the Berlin State Opera for almost 30 years (1917-45) and also gave more than 2000 lieder recitals all over the world….He had a warm, exceptionally smooth, and beautiful voice with the strong high register needed for some of the big Verdi roles."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2007
“…the baritonal paragon of Belcanto during that era just may have been a German. Rarely have I been as surprised as I was by Heinrich Schlusnus’ 1937 ‘Il balen’. He sang it in German – yet the vowels, the legato, the style, were flawlessly Belcanto. He made a better Italian than the Italians! Schlusnus deserved the popularity and affection that his audiences offered him.”
- Leonardo A. Ciampa, THE TWILIGHT OF BELCANTO, p.179
“Helge Roswaenge boasted one of the most thrilling tenors of the century. In terms of heights and volume it seemed capable of almost anything its owner asked of it—and he was quite unstinting in its employment. Many of us brought up on 78rpm recordings of opera first encountered him in his quite overwhelming account of Florestan's scena, the only one in my experience that, from a vocal point of view, wholly measures up to Beethoven's exorbitant demands.”
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE
"Helge Rosvaenge, the noted Danish tenor, spent most of his career in German opera houses. A star at the Berlin State Opera from 1929 to 1945, he was a member of the Vienna State Opera after 1930 as well as a guest singer in other major European houses. He sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1934 and 1936, a variety of roles at the Salzburg Festival both before and after the war and appeared at Carnegie Hall in 1963. He was known for the beauty of his voice and the expressivity of his delivery. Despite his nationality he was a pronounced German nationalist and apparently a sincere Nazi, joining the party in 1933. He appeared at the 1939 Nuremberg party rally, was highly regarded by Nazi officials and was one of the foreign artists esteemed by Goebbels for helping to support the German war effort by participating in Wehrmacht request concerts on German radio."
- Frederic Spotts, Great Conductors of the Third Reich