12 Songs, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes


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4.9 out of 5

141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Philip Wesley's Best Album Yet


“Dark Night of the Soul” is Philip Wesley’s fourth solo piano CD and his first in three years. As the title suggests, quite a bit of the music is dark and turbulent, but it is never without hope or a sense of moving forward. Some of the pieces are quite energetic while others are calm and reflective. I have reviewed Wesley’s previous albums, and think this is his best CD to date. It is a very solid, very expressive album, beautifully engineered by Michael Dulin at his PSI Recording Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. David Lanz has always had a strong influence on Wesley’s music, and I recognize short phrases from Lanz’s music mixed into Wesley’s pieces, but perhaps since I play and teach so much of Lanz’s sheet music, it’s only me who hears this.

“Tears of the East” begins the CD. The opening bars are a rumble from the low end of the piano followed by a Middle-Eastern-style introduction. The piece itself conveys longing and melancholy - an eloquent beginning. “Racing Against the Sunset” has a powerful energy and a feeling of urgency. I really like this one and think it would be fun to play! “The Approaching Night” is delicate and sparkling, like watching the stars emerge in the darkening sky - also a beauty. The title track is kind of a soliloquy - very lonely, deeply emotional, and honest - and is one of Wesley’s best pieces to date. “Lamentations Of the Heart” first appeared on Wesley’s 2002 “Finding Solace,” and is one of his most popular pieces - with good reason. I enjoy playing and teaching this piece, too! “Light and Shadow” is another favorite. It has a swirling energy that dances around in the upper registers of the piano, yet it is very calming and soulful. Perhaps the high dancing notes represent the light and the lower, more subtle passages are the shadow - very effective. The graceful and flowing “Into the Light” carries a sense of unburdening and breaking through after a difficult period of life. “New Day” is full of hope and anticipation for a fresh start - lovely! “Two Souls” concludes the CD with a wistful, dreamy piece that is more ambient than the others. Reflective and warm, it’s a bittersweet and satisfying finish.

“Dark Night of the Soul” is a great choice if you are looking for powerful but reflective solo piano music. Recommended!

Simply Incredible


Amazing album, all of the pieces are absolutely beautiful. They're all so dark and mysterious, founding full (as opposed to delicate) and with heavy use of the lower end of the piano. My total favourite is Darkness Falls (which I'm currently learning to play), though I recommend to anyone to purchase the album in its entirety. Philip Wesley's best so far!

Simply Beautiful


It is an absolutely amazing CD to listen to. I have never listened to Philip Wesley before, but have fallen in love with his music. It is moving and enjoyable.

About Philip Wesley

Philip Wesley is a composer and keyboardist who specializes in tender solo piano pieces. His recordings have appeared on various new age streaming and sales charts. Wesley began pursuing music as a profession at the age of 20, and self-released his first LP, Finding Solace, in 2002. Several albums followed on Autumn Music, beginning with 2004's In a Lifetime and 2005's Comfort and Joy, his first album of Christmas music. He returned in 2008 with Dark Night of the Soul, an LP written in the aftermath of divorce that would eventually land on the Billboard New Age Catalog Albums chart. He followed his next record, 2012's Hope Endures, with the collection Heart to Hands: Solo Piano Retrospective, 2002-2012 later the same year.

Transcend addressed the theme of overcoming obstacles. It arrived on Autumn Music in 2014. Two years later, Beyond Cloud Nine became his first release to feature instruments alongside the piano. String arrangements and a more hopeful tone in his songwriting helped create the album's intentionally romantic atmosphere. ~ Marcy Donelson



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