Most violin sonatas written after 1880 bear witness to the decline of chamber music as domestic music-making. Both Richard Strauss and Ottorino Respighi treated the solo sonata as a virtuoso genre. Whereas abstract instrumental music was a genre in which Strauss lost interest after his earliest works, Ottorino Respighi cultivated it even during the period when he was composing such celebrated orchestral cycles as Fontane di Roma. Respighi was a representative of the Italian generation that attempted to revive Italian instrumental music. On this release Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and pianist Krystian Zimerman perform sonatas for violin & piano by famed composers Richard Strauss and Ottorino Respighi. Audiophile 180 gram virgin vinyl cut at Emil Berliner Studio. Pressed at Pallas in Germany! Mastered from the original masters of Universal Music.