In 2013 the international music community celebrates the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth. The venerable and controversial composer has been rather quiet of late, but his body of work is one of the best known in the classical canon. On Who Is Afraid of Richard W.? Eric Schaefer--a highly-regarded drummer probably best known as a member of the German piano trio [em]--celebrates his fellow-countryman's anniversary with some imaginative reinterpretations of Wagner's work.The album isn't completely devoted to Wagner's compositions. Schaefer contributes two original tunes (the dub-style Nietzsche In Disguise" and the ambient Amazingly Slow") and claims a ...read more
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