Heart to Hands Philip Wesley 2012 / Autumn Music Productions 54.9 minutes
"Heart to Hands" is a ten-year retrospective of Philip Wesley’s solo piano music from his first five albums and spanning the years 2002-2012. Ten years in anyone’s life includes a lot of changes - ups, downs, joys, sorrows, love, loss, heartbreak, redemption, etc. - and this album is reflective of those changes in Philip Wesley’s life. Wesley’s music has become very popular over the past ten years and I think that is primarily because he expresses himself at the piano in such a way that people can take his music to heart and relate it to their own lives.
Rather than simply re-using the twelve songs from the original recordings, Wesley re-recorded them at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio and gave them all a fresh take. Music has a tendency to evolve right along with the composers, so this recording reflects how Wesley plays these pieces now. Recording all of the music on the same piano gives it a consistent sound from track to track, which in this case is warm and very clear without being overly bright - a very beautiful and natural piano sound.
Even if you have all of Philip Wesley’s previous recordings, "Heart to Hands" is a must for your collection. If you are new to his music, this is a great place to start! It is available from www.philipwesley.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!
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