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On the eve of the 114th anniversary of the hanging of the Franco-Manitoban Métis leader Louis Riel in Regina on 16 November 1885, double bass player Normand Guilbeault is launching his 2-CD work entitled Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea, recorded in February at the Lion d’Or in Montréal.

The result of four years of diligent research, Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea sheds new light on one of the little-known and most controversial episodes in Canadian history.

Accompanying the discs is a 72-page booklet that includes archival photographs of the period and texts, in English and French, by Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, commander of the Métis forces, Louis Schmidt, principal secretary to Riel, and Père André, who ministered to Riel during his last night.

With Riel, Plaidoyer musical / Musical Plea, Normand Guilbeault and his large group of outstanding musicians invite us to discover a historical and musical epic set on the Manitoban frontier. Original compositions, native chants, gigues, reels, songs of the period, military marches and improvisation are woven to create the fabric of a vibrant work that combines politics and poetry. Music, chants, political texts and poetry surprise, delight and assert without compromise.

Track Listing

  • Disc 1

    • 1
      Nous sommes métis
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m08s
    • 2
      Dr. Schultz and the Orangemen
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m13s
    • 3
      Riel confronte les arpenteurs
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m02s
    • 4
      L’avis à McDougall
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m35s
    • 5
      La barrière de St-Norbert
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m52s
    • 6
      La prise du Fort Garry
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      7m21s
    • 7
      La fausse proclamation royale de William McDougall
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m21s
    • 8
      Fort Schultz
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m48s
    • 9
      La rébellion de Portage-la-Prairie
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m31s
    • 10
      Thomas Scott
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m47s
  • Disc 2

    • 1
      Propagande haineuse en Ontario
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m18s
    • 2
      La soldatesque se déchaîne
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m01s
    • 3
      L’exil
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      10m58s
    • 4
      Les 4 délégués de la Saskatchewan
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m33s
    • 5
      L’exovidat
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m06s
    • 6
      La bataille du Lac-aux-Canards
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m55s
    • 7
      La victoire de l’Anse-aux-Poissons
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      7m49s
    • 8
      Batoche
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m00s
    • 9
      Le procès
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      8m51s
    • 10
      Riel monte à l’échafaud
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m47s
    • 11
      Hymne à Louis Riel
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m05s
Total duration: 105m05s