I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN

Art Songs by Monika Gurak

 

Chelsea Melamed mezzo-soprano

Jo Greenaway piano

 

Monika Gurak certainly is no ordinary songwriter: not just because of her academic  background, but also because of her love of foreign cultures. Her linguistic fluency in English,  Spanish, and Polish heavily influences her work on I LOVE YOU LIKE SPAIN from Navona Records: the songs are sung in English, but the music comes with a generous helping of both Iberian exoticism as well as Polish sensibility.

 

Love and freedom are the central subjects here, and Gurak profoundly explores the depths of  these sometimes contradictory values in her lyrics. Solemn declarations of love, hope, and the levity of new romance form an alternating current which remains eternally relatable – a unifying theme even beyond all ideas of culture and language.

 

“Hope is…”, a song from this album made Gurak the winner of the Canadian category of the 2021 Arcady-RBC Emerging Composer Competition.

 

 

Digital Release Date: July 23, 2021

Physical Release Date: August 13, 2021

Catalog #: NV6357

Format: Physical & Digital

 

 

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