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Alex Ross listens to Wagner's "Die Walkure"

April 18th, 2011

Episode 197 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, Alex Ross writes about Richard Wagner's "Ring," focussing in on ten haunting measures from Act II of "Die Walküre," the second opera of the four-part cycle. Here Ross listens to the mysterious interlude with Blake Eskin and discusses some of its possible meanings, and how the music demonstrates the humanistic side of the controversial composer.