OP0437. TANNHÄUSER, Broadcast Performance, 1949, w.Schröder Cond. Frankfurt Rundfunk Ensemble; Schlusnus, von Rohr, Treptow, Stein, Eipperle, Joesten, etc. (Germany) 3-Gebhardt 0037. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 4035122000372
"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
“Trude Eipperle was a German operatic soprano who studied at the Musikhochschule in her native Stuttgart, and made her stage début in Wiesbaden, in 1930. She sang in Nuremberg (1930-34), Brunswick (1934-37), Munich (1938-44), Cologne (1945-51), and Stuttgart from 1951 onwards. She also appeared at the Salzburg Festival in 1942. She made guest appearances in Vienna, Milan, Barcelona, Lisbon, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Paris and London.
Her repertory included Countess Almaviva, Pamina, Agathe, Elisabeth, Elsa, Eva, the Marschallin, Arabella, Empress/Kaiserin (DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN) but was also admired as Desdemona in Verdi's OTELLO, Mimi in LA BOHEME, and as Cio-Cio-San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY.”
“Günther Treptow began his vocal studies at the Berlin Musikhochschule, and later in Milan with Giovanni Scarmeo. Treptow was a member of the SA and Nazi Party (membership #38 579) until the discovery in 1934 of his mother's Jewish heritage. He was banned from performing until being granted special permission to do so from Josef Goebbels on 6 June, 1935. He made his stage début in Berlin, as the Italian singer in DER ROSENKAVALIER in 1936. He sang at the Vienna Volksoper in 1938, as Florestan in FIDELIO. He appeared at the Zopot Festival in 1939, in the title role of TANNHÄUSER. He made his début at the Munich State Opera in 1940, the Vienna State Opera in 1947, and the Bayreuth Festival in 1951.
He quickly established himself as one of the leading heldentenors of his generation, in roles such as Siegmund in DIE WALKÜRE, Siegfried in SIEGFRIED and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, and Tristan. Besides Wagner, he also sang such roles as Max in DER FREISCHÜTZ, Steva in JENUFA, Canio in PAGLIACCI, and the title role in OTELLO.
On the international scene, he made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, also appearing in Leningrad and Moscow. He sang at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1961 until his retirement in 1972.”
- Z. D. Akron