Handel's Messiah. Continuo vs Ripieno
With Messiah, no two performances are alike. Sometimes you're by yourself and sometimes there are two basses, sometimes they double-dot, sometimes not,...bowings, etc. etc. etc.
Is there a rule of thumb regarding when the principal bass should participate with the continuo (harpsichord and cello) even when it indicates "seza" or "ripieni tacent"? like nos. 10 and 11, Behold Darkness-The People That Walked in Darkness for instance.
Generally, I play everything unless I'm directed otherwise or it seems to overpower the soloist. BUT i have kindof a high profile performance coming up which could lead to a lot of work for me and I want to look like I know what I'm doing.