Ešenvalds setting of Psalm 67 was premiered by Stephen Layton and Polyphony in Amsterdam in 2012 a very traditional Anglican chant sounding baritone solo is responded to by the full choir singing a very chordal setting of the text. It’s very chromatic writing which shifts and mixes mood between praise and apprehension. The chant melody returns toward the end sometimes echoed and doubled by the upper voices it ends on a supplicatory note. Enjoy :-)
Ēriks Ešenvalds (b1977): Psalm 67
God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us:
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God; let the people praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad, for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
- Choir of Trinity College Cambridge conducted by Stephen Layton.