Listen: Psalm 67

From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by Polyphony under the direction of Stephen Layton.

For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.

 

Additional performances

Nov 18, 2012 (UK premiere)
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK

Nov 28, 2012
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK

March 2, 2013
Commotio, Matthew Berry, conductor
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, UK

April 21, 2013
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Fakenham Parish Church, Fakenham, UK

May 5, 2013 (U.S. Premiere)
St. Bartholomew’s Church Choir, William Trafka, conductor
St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY

May 16 and June 29, 2013
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK

July 14, 2013
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham College Chapel
Cheltenham, UK

July 19, 2013
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Frankfurter Domkonzerte, Frankfurt, Germany

July 27, 2013
Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton, conductor
Dom St. Blasius, St. Blasien, Germany

Nov 10, 2013
Cor Cantiamo, Eric Johnson, conductor
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo, MI

 

About the composer

One of the most popular Latvian composers of the new generation, Eriks Ešenvalds was born in 1977 in Priekule, Latvia. He received a master’s degree in composition with Selga Mence at the Latvian Academy of Music and furthered his study by attending various international master classes throughout Europe. Ešenvalds has received numerous International awards for his works, the most recent being the British Composer Awards Nomination (2010), the Year's New-Composer Discovery, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA (2010) and the Composition Teaching Achievement Award by Riga Dome Choir School (2010). His music has been performed at many festivals and concerts throughout the world, the most recent being at the Baltic Sea Festival, Sweden (2010), USEDOMER Music Festival, Germany (2010), University of Louisville New Music Festival, USA (2010). He has also been chosen to write the city of Riga’s anthem for the World Choir Games, which will take place in Latvia in 2014.

 

Psalm 67

Eriks Esenvalds

 

Ēriks Ešenvalds
Psalm 67

Mixed chorus (SATB) and tenor soloist, a cappella
DURATION: 6 minutes
TEXT: Psalm 67
Choral work with moments of hushed intimacy that contrast with great strength. Psalms Project Commission

 

 

World Premiere
November 10, 2012
Polyphony
Stephen Layton, conductor
Concertgebouw
Amsterdam, Netherlands
          U.S. Premiere
May 5, 2013
St. Bartholomew's Chamber Choir
William K. Trafka, conductor
St. Barthlomew's Episcopal Church
New York, New York
 

 

 

 

 

 

  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The seventh world premiere in Soli Deo Gloria’s Psalms Project featued Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds' Psalm 67, performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as part of a 20th-21st century concert of sacred a cappella works entitled "New Devotion"(Nieuwe Devotie):

• Pärt - Bogoróditse Dyevo
• Britten - Ad maiorem Dei gloriam
• Ešenvalds - Psalm 67
• Pärt - Magnificat  
• Łukaszewski - Psalm 67
• Britten - Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Richard Morrison of The Times (London) has called attention to the“reams of lush, well-crafted, listener-friendly choral music [that] has come out of the Baltic states in recent decades,” and describes Ēriks Ešenvalds’ style as “quite close to James MacMillan or John Taverner.”

American Record Guide has called Ešenvalds' writing, “Music of rich emotion, haunting gentleness, staggering power, and startling beauty … Choral fans on the prowl for today’s very finest composers are strongly urged to make Ešenvalds’ acquaintance.”

 

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Polyphony

Polyphony, founded and directed by Stephen Layton has performed and recorded regularly to great critical acclaim throughout the world. Recent reviews declare Polyphony “one of the best small choirs now before the public” (Telegraph, UK) and “possibly the best small professional chorus in the world” (Encore Magazine, USA). In a new poll by Gramophone Magazine, Polyphony was named as one of the world’s leading choirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Trinity College Choir
  Trinity College Choir

Following the world premiere, multiple performances have taken place, including the U.S. premiere at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City and performances by Trinity College Choir (Cambridge), both at the Cheltenham Music Festival (UK) and on their subsequent Germany tour.

 

 

 

 

"Much of this impressive piece was based around chant-like music, either for solo tenor or for sections of the choir, but elsewhere when the writing opened up there were some fascinating harmonies to savour."—Seen and Heard International (on the performance of Psalm 67 at Cheltenham Music Festival)