V0532.. HEINRICH SCHLUSNUS, w.Krauss, Blech, Rother, etc. Cond.: Arias & Scenes from Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Ballo, Forza, I Vespri Siciliani & Don Carlos. (Germany) Gebhardt 0042, recorded 1927-45. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 4035122000429
"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