Rob Cowan presents his 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 includes 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 features the glorious voices of the Munich Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under the conductor Zubin Mehta in a live performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. He features another performance from this Russian orchestra, with a selection of music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Then Rob takes us to warmer climes, with a luscious performance of Debussy’s Nocturnes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the esteemed conductor Charles Munch.
Saturday 15 August
Tonight Rob features two of the last century’s most formidable maestros, who were equally feared and revered: Yevgeny Mravinsky and George Szell. We hear the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in full force under Mravinsky in a performance of Glinka’s Ruslan & Ludmila, before Szell takes to the stage with the Cleveland Orchestra to conduct a rich arrangement of Schubert’s Octet. Later, Tasmin Little and John Lenehan deliver a rarity from American composer Amy Beach – her Romance for Violin and Piano.
Saturday 22 August
Rob continues to feature some of the great orchestras of the world, with two performances from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. We also hear the glorious singing of Kathleen Ferrier and Marilyn Horne, and cellist Camille Thomas performs music from Massenet’s opera Werther.