OP0484. Il Trovatore (in German), Broadcast Performance, 1950, Frankfurt, w.Zillig Cond. Hessischen Rundfunks; Cunitz, Bensing, Eustrati, Gonszar, etc. (E.U.) 2-Walhall 0042. - 4035122650426
“Heinrich Bensing made his début as an opera singer at the Opera House Hannover, and from 1935 to 1939 he was a permanent member of the Cologne Opera House. In 1938 he toured several times with great success at the Frankfurt Opera House, after which he was hired as a permanent member. The Frankfurt Opera he was then on until his untimely death in 1955.
After the Second World War, he had guest appearances with the Hamburg State Opera (1947-1955), with the Vienna State Opera (1949-1954) and with the Cologne Opera House. At the Vienna State Opera he sang after the Second World War, among others Don José in CARMEN, the title role in LES CONTES D’HOFMANN , the Duke in RIGOLETTO, Radames in AÏDA , the title role in DON CARLOS and Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. He sang Calaf in February 1951 with Carla Martinis’ Turandot. In the summer of 1951, he appeared at the Salzburg Festival as Andres in the opera WOZZECK under the baton of Karl Böhm. Bensing was also especially treasured in the Italian repertoire.
Although Bensing made no commercial recordings, he is heard in historical performances of various operas which have appeared in recent years on CD.”
- Hans Lick
“Soprano Maud Cunitz recorded in the 1950s for Decca, Telefunken, and HMV, plus numerous German radio broadcasts. She is heard here at her considerable best, a slender, penetrating tone, quite reed-like. Three excerpts from a complete 1953 HMV LOHENGRIN are heard to advantage with rest of the estimable cast: Rudolf Schock, Margarete Klose, Josef Metternich, and Gottlob Frick at the Hamburg Radio. She is joined by Frick and Karl Terkel in two excerpts from DIE HUGUENOTTEN. ‘Senta’s Ballad’ gets a stout traversal full of sturm und drang. Two excerpts from DER FREISCHÜTZ are lovingly vocalized, bursting with excitement.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2012