Rob Cowan makes a welcome return to Classic FM to present his new Saturday evening show, Cowan’s Classics, on Saturdays 7-9pm. Get in touch with Rob by texting 61812 or using the contact form below.
First introduced on Classic FM 25 years ago, Cowan's Classics will include Rob’s Sure Shot, where he champions a new recording which he’s tipping for success, Beyond the Hall of Fame where he will pair a favourite piece from the Classic FM Hall of Fame with a lesser known piece by the same composer, plus music from his Artist of the Week.
Rob Cowan selects some of the finest new and classic recordings from his collection. This week, his Sure Shot is a piece by the young British composer James McCarthy that Rob believes fans of Philip Glass and Steve Reich will love.
Rob’s Artist of the Week is Sir Simon Rattle, and in Beyond the Hall of Fame, he begins by picking Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner, before selecting a piece that’s not as well known, but has the same – if not more – dramatic impact.
Saturday 3rd February
Rob Cowan selects the finest new and classic recordings from his collection. This week, his Sure Shot is a little-played gem by the Estonian composer Arvo Part, best known to Classic FM listeners for his Spiegel im Spiegel. His Artist of the Week, meanwhile, is the French conductor Marc Minkowski, renowned for his outstanding interpretations of Baroque music – some of which we’ll enjoy tonight.
Saturday 10th February
Rob Cowan selects two hours of old favourites, new discoveries, and rarely-played performances.
This week, his Beyond the Hall of Fame choice starts with Joseph Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne before heading into less-familiar territory with a piece by Gabriel Faure. Rob’s Artist of the Week is the clarinettist Richard Stoltzman, and we’ll hear him perform music by Mozart, Brahms and Poulenc.