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Handel’s ‘Joseph,’ Bride, and Brothers

Handel’s ‘Joseph,’ Bride, and Brothers

“Don’t grab the frog!” Invaluable advice for any string players joining a period-instruments ensemble like Philharmonia Baroque, who hopefully knows better than to hunt bullfrogs down in the water-soaked reeds. No, young people, it’s all about the handle of the violin bow (called the frog), which you leave untouched, grasping the bow further up, as in the days of Bach, thereby getting a mellower, less metallic and more supple sound. That was one of many lessons in hearing the PBO…

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