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