Christopher Cook seeks to reveal the seemingly irresistible allure and enduring power of Richard Wagner's drama, thought and music.

He talks to musicians whose working lives are dedicated to the composer's art and to other artists who have been touched by the Wagner effect.

With contributions from poet Peter Porter, conductor Mark Elder, singers Anne Evans and John Tomlinson, opera director Richard Jones, composers Steve Martland and Judith Weir, and painter David Hockney.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20000903
  • 20001109