Which brings us to Bergmann’s version of Tubular Bells — seamlessly performed with great precision by all four pianists. The homogeneity of instrumental sound that smoothes out the stylistic juxtapositions of the Oldfield original — rock in close proximity to Celtic, or Philip Glass-like minimalism, for example — makes it almost seem like a different piece, and a piece, moreover, that cries out for a strong visual component.The Calgary HeraldBob Clark
The second work was Marcel Bergmann’s Incessant Bells, performed by Marcel and Elizabeth. It’s an attractive, layered piece whose ostinato textures — motifs repeated rapidly, over and over — are strongly reminiscent of the subtle pattern changes in minimalist master Steve Reich’s music, where a shift of rhythm and emphasis brings out new motifs, new things for the ear.The Calgary HeraldBob Clark
Two Bit Oper-Eh-Shun?
Local chamber group The Land’s End Chamber Ensemble , led by Onalea Gilbertson, Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, teamed up with a group of singers who live in the Drop-In Centre, to create one of the more gorgeous and memorable performances of the 2010 High Performance Rodeo.The Calgary HeraldStephen Hunt
Two Bit Oper-Eh-Shun?
…the music…had a kind of sad cabaret feeling to it– Berlin during the post WW1 hyperinflation years–The Calgary Herald
The competition’s newly commissioned score Urban Pulse by Marcel Bergmann was a delightful essay in piano jazz. Combining strands of boogie woogie, Ravel’s Gallic blues, and Dave Brubeck’s Bach-inspired counterpoint, Bergmann writes in a uniquely original voice that straddles the best of the classical and jazz worlds. The Yoshie and Takashi Duo played this winning score superbly. Their high voltage performance combined funky soul and pianistic fireworks with equal enthusiasm.The Miami HeraldLawrence Budman
CD Review Brilliant Classics Minimal Piano Collection, Volume X-XX
……..As their titles would lead one to expect, Marcel Bergmann’s Morning Train and Midnight Journey conjure the motor-motion of locomotive travel. Both of these pieces create a powerful atmosphere, and are not restricted to a relentless pounding of keys. Midnight Journey in particular has a sense of echo and distance, as well as a highly satisfying structure which builds to a remarkable climax. The gamelan effects of McPhee are never too far away in Bergmann’s pieces, and this is in particular true of Incessant Bells, which works with developing patterns over largely pentatonic scales, creating another strongly atmospheric piece. Boogie Mania develops from formless-ness, a rolling bass which reminded me a little of something like Ligeti’s Vertigo in reverse. This works into a ‘boogie’ which is terrific fun…..MusicWeb International, 2011
…and an attractive curtain raiser by Marcel Bergmann, Midsummer Flower.The Vancouver SunDavid Duke
…a new work was added into the mix. The substitution proved welcome and apt. Bergmann’s Double Spiral for two pianos implicitly connect both Stravinsky and Orff to contemporary practice, and was given a sensitive, assured Canadian premiere.The Vancouver sunDavid Duke
Concerto for Two Pianos
….It was a crowd pleaser with hints of Gershwin works such as Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris….the work was a definite hit- earning a rousing standing ovation from the audience….The Red Deer Advocate