The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross chronicles the career of German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner and describes the 'Wagner vortex.'
Alex Ross began writing for The New Yorker in 1993 and became the magazine’s music critic in 1996. He is the author of "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism and a Guardian First Book Award, and "Listen to This."
The career of Wilhelm Richard Wagner is controversial for its influence on the Nazi Party. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross declares that, justly or unjustly, Wagner should be judged both through the prism of art and the historical context that frames it.