Brian McCreath

Host & Digital Producer

Brian McCreath produces WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, produces and hosts both The Bach Hour and The Answered Question (an interview podcast), and supervises digital content production for classicalwcrb.org. He came to WGBH from a diverse background in music. With degrees in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory and The College of Wooster, he spent several years as a musician, including two years with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and five years as Principal Trumpet of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Ideas about the business of music, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, led him into artist management in 2000, and radio wasn’t far behind. He worked on the production team for the talk shows of Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network in Milwaukee before moving to Boston in 2001. Three years later he joined the classical music production staff of WGBH. Since then, in addition to those noted previously, his roles have included programming and hosting weekend mornings and weekday afternoons, and production and hosting of live concert broadcasts presented by the Handel and Haydn Society, Rockport Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and others.

Gil Shaham on Bach

Jun 12, 2016
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On the program:

Arioso, from the Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (trans. Stokowski) - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier, conductor

Cantata BWV 135 Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder (translation) - Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiova, alto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan Van der Crabben, baritone; La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, conductor

Chorale Prelude: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder - Harald Vogel, organ (John Brombaugh organ at Central Lutheran Church, Eugene, Oregon)

Partita No. 2 for solo violin, BWV 1004 - Gil Shaham, violin

Hear the complete interview with Gil Shaham on The Answered Question.

Marco Borggreve

On the program:

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (selections) - Les Voix humaines Consort of Viols

Cantata BWV 2 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein (translation) - Susan Trout, alto;  William Hite, tenor;  Paul Guttry, bass;  Emmanuel Music, Craig Smith conductor

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, conductor

Martin Geisler, via German Wikipedia

On the program:

Fantasy in C, BWV 570, and Fugue in C, BWV 946 - William Porter, organ (Zacharias Hildebrandt instrument at Störmthal, Germany)

Cantata BWV 194 Höchsterwuenschtes Freudenfest (translation) - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Jochen Kupfer, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Chorale Preludes: Erstanden ist der heilige Christ, BWV 628, and Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 642 - William Porter, organ

The Terminator

May 26, 2016
Bach
Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

We hear music by a lot of composers beyond the concert hall. But how much of it survives the transition?

G. Dall'Orto, via Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier (arr. Peter Lawrence) - German Brass

Cantata BWV 184 Erwünschtes Freudenlicht (translation) - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Mutsumi Hatano, alto; Gerd Tuerk, tenor; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Fantasia in G, BWV 572 - Masaaki Suzuki, organ (Schnitger/Hinz organ in the Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 - Alina Ibragimova, violin; Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen, conductor

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