Alfred Wallenstein (October 7, 1898 – February 8, 1983) was an American cellist and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois.
At the age of 17, he joined the San Francisco Symphony as a cellist. He subsequently played cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before becoming principal cello of the New York Philharmonic under Arturo Toscanini in 1929. He frequently performed with these orchestras as a soloist.
Toscanini, also a cellist, advised Wallenstein to become a conductor. He conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and then conducted frequently on the radio. From 1943 to 1956, he was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He later taught at the Juilliard School in New York, where he died in 1983 at age 84.
In 1941, Wallenstein was given a personal Peabody Award for Outstanding Entertainment in Music.
As solo cellist he recorded Strauss's Don Quixote under Beecham in 1932. For Audio Fidelity in September and October 1958, he conducted the specially-formed Virtuoso Symphony of London orchestra in Walthamstow Town Hall.
The LPs included Brahms's 4th Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Pictures at an Exhibition, Boléro, Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker Suite and a suite from Carmen.
He was a descendant of Albrecht von Wallenstein.
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Birth and Death Data: Born October 7, 1898 (Chicago), Died February 8, 1983 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, cello, arranger
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-31180||10-in.||11/15/1924||At dawning (I love you)||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||B-31181||10-in.||11/15/1924||From the land of sky blue water||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||B-31187||10-in.||11/16/1924||Mighty lak' a rose||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||B-31188||10-in.||11/16/1924||I love you truly||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||BVE-35033||10-in.||3/10/1926||Simple aveu||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||BVE-35040||10-in.||3/10/1926||Serenade espagnole||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||BVE-35041||10-in.||3/10/1926||Orientale||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||arranger, instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||BVE-35042||10-in.||3/10/1926||Serenade||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||BVE-35074||10-in.||5/28/1926||Elegie||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||CSHQ-71658||12-in.||4/7/1932||Don Quixote||Thomas Beecham ; Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York ; Mishel Piastro ; Alfred Wallenstein||Orchestra, with violin and cello solos||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||LCSHQ-71660||12-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||4/7/1932||Don Quixote||Thomas Beecham ; New York Philharmonic||Orchestra, with violin, viola, and cello solos||instrumentalist, cello|
|Victor||[Trial 1924-06-14-04]||10-in.||6/14/1924||Cantilena concerto||Alfred Wallenstein||Cello solo, with piano||instrumentalist, cello|
|Decca||L 3491||10-in.||8/4/1944||Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections) : Part 1||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3492||10-in.||8/4/1944||Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections) : Part 2||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3493||10-in.||8/4/1944||Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections) : Part 3||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3494||10-in.||8/4/1944||Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections) : Part 4||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3495||10-in.||8/7/1944||Holiday for strings||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3496||10-in.||8/7/1944||Our waltz||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3497||10-in.||8/9/1944||Warsaw concerto (Addinsell), part 1-1||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3498||12-in.||8/9/1944||Warsaw concerto, part 2||Harry Kaufman ; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3499||12-in.||8/9/1944||Suite from Porgy and Bess, part 1||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3503||12-in.||8/9/1944||Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 2||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3504||12-in.||8/9/1944||Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 3||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3505||12-in.||8/9/1944||Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 4||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
|Decca||L 3778||10-in.||4/10/1945||Ave Maria (Schubert)||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wallenstein, Alfred," accessed March 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105171.
Wallenstein, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105171.
"Wallenstein, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 March 2023.
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