Alfred Wallenstein

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 7th, 1898 (Chicago), Died February 8th, 1983 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, cello, arranger

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 3779 10-in. 4/10/1945 Ave Maria (Gounod) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3780 10-in. 4/10/1945 Jamaican rumba Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3781 10-in. 4/10/1945 Jalousie Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3782 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 1 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3783 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 2 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3784 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 3 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3785 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 4 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3786 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 5 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 3787 10-in. 4/11/1945 DOHNANYI-Suite in F Sharp Minor, Op.19 for string orchestra: Part 6 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4150 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4151 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4152 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4153 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4154 5/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4155 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4156 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4157 4/16/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4158 4/17/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4159 4/17/1946 Concerto no. 2 in C minor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4160 4/17/1946 The Sleeping Beauty waltz Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4161 4/18/1946 Tchaikovsky waltzes: The Swan Lake waltz Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4162 4/18/1946 Tchaikovsky waltzes: Eugen Onegin waltz Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4163 4/18/1946 Tchaikovsky waltzes: Waltz of the flowers Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4164 4/18/1946 Tchaikovsky waltzes: Waltz from the 5th Symphony Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
Decca L 4165 4/18/1946 Tchaikovsky waltzes: Serenade for strings (2nd mvt.) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conductor  
(Results 26-50 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wallenstein, Alfred," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105171.

Wallenstein, Alfred. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105171.

"Wallenstein, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.

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