V2363. HEINRICH SCHLUSNUS: Arias & Scenes from Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Forza, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, Simon Boccanegra, Vespri Siciliani, Ballo, Rigoletto, Otello, Hamlet, Andrea Chenier, Carmen, Faust, Contes d'Hoffmann, Prince Igor, Pique Dame, Undine, Tannhäuser, Hans Heiling, Trompeter von Säkkingen & Zar und Zimmermann. (Austria) 2-Preiser 89212, recorded 1927-43. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281892124
"Here one of the century's unquestionably great baritones applies his exemplary vocal skills - distinguished by a secure vocal technique, an unerring feel for the sense and shape of a musical phrase, a finely nuanced approach to the text and its projection, and legato to spare - to thirty-nine operatic excerpts preserved by Grammophone between 1927 and 1943....the very last track, Posa's death scene from Don Carlos, has it all - elegance, beauty of sound, depth of feeling, and, bringing us full circle from the opening Hamlet excerpt, another demonstration-quality trill. This is strongly recommended."
- Marc Mandel, FANFARE, July/Aug., 1995
"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