The Trio Super: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, performed by Leo van Doeselaar for All of Bach, leaves lots of room for interpretation. The two well-matched bass parts are probably arrangements of viola da gamba and cello parts, but at the same time they could symbolise God as the foundation, or even a duet between God and Jesus – equal yet different. In the curious ending, some people hear how God leaves his son, while others interpret the difficult harmonies as representing Jesus’ descent into hell, foretold in the Advent chorale, and the fulfilling of God’s commandment.
Recorded for the project All of Bach on June 23rd 2013 at the Walloon Church, Amsterdam.
Leo van Doeselaar, organist
Organ: Christian Müller, 1734