Locatelli's sonatas effectively exploit the capabilities of both the violin and violinist, with many containing extremely high notes as well as rapid shifts between these and lower notes. The composer is also credited with exploring new bowing techniques, such as rapid staccato runs and arpeggios all on one bow, and these are joined by whole passages of double stopping and extended cadenzas; substantial features of the works on the compilation. All in all, there is little doubt that these sonatas were revolutionary masterpieces of their time, ones that pushed the boundaries of technique and whose virtuosic passages continue to dazzle listeners of today. The second installment of the Locatelli Edition, a first ever on Brilliant Classics. Recorded in October 2011, November 2011 and January 2012, Westvestkerk, Schiedam. Performed on period instruments/copies: David Tecchler, Rome, 1706 (violin); Jakob Weiss, Salzburg, 1745 (cello); Joop Klinkhamer after Zell (harpsichord). This 5-CD set contains the Violin Sonatas, testimony of Locatelli's prodigious gifts as a supreme virtuoso in his day (people thought he was possessed by the devil! Definitively the Paganini of the Baroque...). His instrumental innovations still prove a huge challenge to today's violinists. Russian born and taught Igor Ruhadze succeeds with flying colors, as he already displayed in the first volume of the Locatelli Edition: "his effortless technique enables him to express the beautiful melodic lines and the imaginative instrumental ornamentations of these wonderful Baroque sonatas." The CD cover shows picturesque images of Amsterdam, the city where Locatelli settled, worked and prospered.