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Hope Endures

by Philip Wesley

Solo piano music for the soul. An album of faith, hope, second chances, and redemption. Includes original compositions and arrangements of beloved hymns. Ranging from tender and romantic, to haunting and introspective.
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1. The Unknown
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2. Leaving the Darkness Behind
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3. Amazing Grace
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4. Second Chances
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5. What a Friend
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6. New Beginnings
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7. Just As I Am
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8. Hope Endures
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9. Come Thou Fount
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10. In Reverence
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11. Lead Me Home
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12. America the Beautiful
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hope Endures is solo piano artist Philip Wesley's 5th and long awaited follow up to his ground breaking album Dark Night of the Soul. Hope Endures picks up where Dark Night of the Soul left off and spins into a different direction. This new album is about faith, hope, second chances, and redemption. This is solo piano music for the soul. Includes 7 new original compositions and 5 arrangements of beloved hymns. A fine album from one of the modern masters of solo piano music.

“For me, playing the piano is the most gratifying form of self expression. Where words fail there is music.”

The road to the piano for Philip Wesley has not been a straight path. You could say the piano actually found Philip Wesley. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Philip Wesley grew up in a middle class household heavily involved in sports both soccer and football. An avid fan of music during his youth, Philip surprisingly did not begin playing music until the age of 16 when he received his first guitar as a Christmas present. Enraptured by rock music, Philip dove headlong into independent study. He taught himself to read and write guitar tablature, then poured over guitar books, learned songs note for note, and perfected blistering guitar solos.

When Philip entered college a few years later, he decided to major in Music Therapy. During his studies of music and music theory, he was serendipitously introduced to the solo piano music of David Lanz and was instantly mesmerized by it. At the tender age of 20, Philip began his long relationship with the piano. Once again, Philip poured over music books, this time… the piano. “People hear that I didn’t start playing the piano until age 20 and they are almost always amazed. I tell people that it’s not too late to learn something new. When you have the drive, the passion, the dedication and the curiosity to learn something, new doors will open for you.”

Upon graduation from college, Philip worked as a board certified psychiatric music therapist for nearly 10 years. During that time he began writing his own soulful piano music, developing his musical voice, and subsequently releasing his albums. To date he has released 5 albums of solo piano music including…

'Hope Endures'

‘Dark Night of the Soul’

‘Comfort & Joy’

‘In a Lifetime’

‘Finding Solace’

“The piano continues to challenge and inspire me; I can play my whole life and still not master this magnificent beast. I’m not a virtuoso pianist by any stretch of the imagination, just an artist that takes great satisfaction in having a positive impact on people’s emotions.”

Philip Wesley’s music has been featured in radio, TV, and print, and has been nominated by various publications including ‘Wind and Wire’, ‘Solo Piano Publications’, and ‘Mainly Piano’ as some of ‘the best of’ solo piano albums.


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Hope Endures" is pianist/composer Philip Wesley’s fifth solo piano album to date. Picking up where "Dark Night of the Soul" (2008) left off, the twelve tracks include seven original compositions and five original arrangements of traditional hymns. Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio, the piano sound is pristine, clear, and warm. As the title indicates, "Hope Endures" carries feelings of optimism, inner strength and peace. Wesley’s music has always shown influences from David Lanz, and I also hear hints of David Nevue in some of these pieces, but Wesley’s own maturing style is beautiful and often soul-stirring! "Hope Endures" was born out of a personal crisis in 2006 when Wesley’s life felt very bleak. At the end of his rope, Wesley prayed to God to take control of his life, and was eventually able to turn things around. This music is the result of that journey and its healing process.

"Hope Endures" begins with “The Unknown,” a dark piece that conveys feelings of anxiety and agitation. While this piece doesn’t have a distinct melody, the flowing broken chords are expressive and poignant. “Leaving the Darkness Behind” elevates the mood, although there is still a bit of an edge to it. Flowing and impassioned, it takes us on quite an emotional journey of ups and downs, but never drifting into hopelessness. Wesley’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” is quiet and introspective, perhaps a prayer of gratitude. “Second Chances” is a swirling dance for joy. Energized and unburdened, it’s a musical declaration that everything is going to be fine, that the worst is over. “What a Friend” is Wesley’s arrangement of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” a hymn I learned as a child and still love. With a flowing left hand accompanying the familiar melody, Wesley has brought this gem up-to-date while respecting its long history. “New Beginnings” is as fresh as a spring morning. Its energy and joyful melody create a musical celebration. The title track is one of Wesley’s most beautiful and poignant pieces to date. Gentle yet deeply heartfelt, it could easily become his new signature piece. “In Reverence” is a humble and soft-spoken prayer - quiet and reflective. The final track is a lovely arrangement of “America the Beautiful.” Emphasizing the beauty of the melody and the meaning of the song, it’s a wonderful closing that leaves you feeling good!

I think "Hope Endures" is my favorite of Philip Wesley’s albums so far. Recommended!

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Un CD muy especial!.
Tras el éxito que sigue cosechando su anterior álbum “Dark Night of the Soul”, lanzado hace ya cuatro años, el compositor Philip Wesley se ha convertido en uno de los pianistas más seguidos de los últimos años, siendo su música reproducida en radios de todo el mundo y cautivando a nuevos oyentes cada día, tal es así, que desde la publicación de “Dark Night of the Soul” este sigue estando en los primeros puestos de música New Age en diferentes stores de Internet. El quinto trabajo de Wesley, Hope Endures, promete ser otro rotundo éxito, el primer día de su lanzamiento ya se agotaron todas las unidades en su tienda habitual, CDBaby. Hope Endures en el primer trabajo de Wesley compuesto por adaptaciones de himnos eclesiásticos y composiciones propias, una unión que hace este CD muy especial, haciendo ligeras incursiones entre su anterior trabajo “Dark Night of the Soul” y “In a Lifetime”.

Una pieza que podría pertenecer a su anterior CD abre el álbum. “The Unknown” es una pieza muy oscura, pero llena de energía en el toque y en el tempo. Wesley arpegia diferentes acordes que se repiten hasta la saciedad, creando una música desconcertante y profunda.

“Leaving The Darkness Behind”. Al estilo del track anterior, el pianista continua esgrimiendo violentos acordes, pero arrancado entre ellos una melodía llena de arrojo y esperanza.

La primera adaptación del álbum es el himno “Amazing Grace”, una versión de lo más original. Con un estilo muy peculiar y muy parecido a la adaptación que David Lanz hace de “Turn Turn Turn”, Wesley usa un fondo de notas bellísimo. Por lo demás, “Amazing Grace” sufre pocos cambios, dejando que la música fluya con encanto. Me gusta!.

Llega la alegría y la esperanza con “Second Chances”. Rápida y llena de energía, la música es interpretada en las diferentes zonas del piano, sin alterar la música, lo que hace que sea algo repetitiva, pero no por ello deja de ser cautivadora.

El himno “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” tiene su adaptación en este CD, “What a Friend”. Esta obra es encantadora, pero nuevamente, Wesley realiza demasiadas progresiones al piano, lo que resta interés a la melodía.

“New Beginnings” es una delicia al comienzo… reservada y delicada hasta que nos sorprende con una explosión de júbilo gracias a toques muy rápidos de acordes y notas. Una pieza maravillosa, que recuerda a aquellas composiciones rápidas de su álbum “In a Lifetime”.

Otro de los himnos más conocidos es “Just As I Am”. Rebosante de amabilidad y dulzura, Wesley hace esta obra suya, con arreglos muy personales como el toque rápido, pero conservando la gracia de este hermoso himno eclesiástico.

La pieza que da título al CD es una de mis preferidas. “Hope Endures” abre las puertas hacia nuestros propios sueños, gracias a un música que parece narrar una historia, sin palabras, sólo nota a nota van surgiendo los pensamientos. Una música hermosa, reservada y llena de afecto. Me gusta!.

La popular “Come Thou Fount” suena completamente nueva en manos de Wesley. Un arrojo de esperanza nace entre las manos del pianista, quien se deja el alma en la composición. Esta aparece lenta, tranquila, pero al paso del tiempo, se va tornando enérgica. Otra de mis preferidas!.

“In Reverence” marca la diferencia hasta el momento. En esta ocasión, Philip muestra un lado más íntimo, melancólico, donde la música fluye con tranquilidad, invitando al oyente a reflexionar. Una pieza que debido al título y al carácter de la misma, parece representar un abatimiento. Otra composición magistral en Hope Endures!.

De nuevo, vuelta al optimismo. “Lead Me Home” es la quintaesencia de la alegre sensación. Una muestra de satisfacción a golpe de acordes y notas radiantes que invitan a la gratitud y a buenos gestos.

El último de los tracks es “America The Beautiful”, donde Wesley realiza un arreglo muy personal, cuidado y apacible. La música es fascinante y llena de esperanza, algo perfecto para dar fin a este álbum.


Después de una espera de cuatro años, el quinto trabajo del pianista y compositor Philip Wesley se hace un fascinante regreso. Hope Endures nos devuelve ese estilo inconfundible al que Wesley nos tiene acostumbrados. En este último álbum, Philip Wesley nos regala cinco bellas adaptaciones de algunos de los más populares himnos eclesiásticos y siete magníficas composiciones originales que volverán a maravillar a sus seguidores. Hope Endures es un álbum recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
05/05/12