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La traverse miraculeuse

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Reel à bouche (Turlutte acadienne)
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Dans Paris y'a t'une brune
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Les Haubans
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Valse d'Émile Benoît
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Le 10 d'avril
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La traverse miraculeuse
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Complaints du coureur des bois
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Le navire de Bayonne
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Le combat de La Danaé (The Battle of Quebec)
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Turlutte et reel
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Dans les prisons de Nantes
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Petite Galiote
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 52:01

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Typical Québec!

annie_fleur

If you wonder what makes French Canadian parties lift, the answer is in music such as that of "Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer" (especially tracks #1,2,10) who sing the old Nouvelle-France with its hopes and sufferings. You won't find here the best voices in the world nor the best French pronounciation. This is the music of the people, unpretentious and full of emotions.

They Say All Music Guide

This wonderful disc is a collaboration between Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer (an a cappella ensemble that specializes in the traditional songs of Quebec and Acadia) and La Nef (a trio that specializes in both early and contemporary classical music). The title refers to the crossing of waters both great and small by centuries of sailors; the program combines traditional seafaring songs with accounts of the Seven Years’ War and its attendant sea battles. Many of the songs are in the unison, call-and-response style that will be familiar to fans of traditional Quebecois music, and sound very much like early recordings by La Bottine Souriante accompanied by a string section. Elsewhere, such as on the lovely “Le 10 Avril,” the sound is more purely classical and evokes dance music of the Renaissance. Highlights on this very fine program include a gorgeous waltz titled “Valse d’Emile Benoit,” the lilting “Le Navire de Bayonne,” and the dark and mournful “Le Combat de la Danaé.” On “Complainte du Coureur des Bois” some relatively weak vocals are unfortunately exposed by an unusually spare arrangement, but for the most part this album is a wild and fascinating trip down an unusual alley of musical history. – Rick Anderson

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