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.
Tonight, Rob treats listeners to a star-studded performance of Beethoven’s Piano Trio No.3 featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Jacqueline du Pré and her then pianist husband Daniel Barenboim.
One of Ravel’s charming piano works is also included, colourfully orchestrated by Percy Grainger and brought to life by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. We then hear Ravel’s own arrangement of a work by another composer: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Saturday 30 November
Tonight, Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 is the starting point as Rob takes listeners Beyond the Hall of Fame, with a dynamic performance of the work from Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the National Academy of St. Cecilia.
Later in the programme, we hear Schumann’s Piano Quartet performed by the Festival Quartet, as well as Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus sung by the outstanding choir Chanticleer.
Saturday 7 December
Tonight, Rob features a classic recording of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves with Leonard Bernstein at the helm of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rob also includes a performance from the charismatic French-Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, who sings an aria from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and a brilliant archive recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham.
Saturday 14 December
Tonight, Rob features the overture to Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser as the starting point, as he takes listeners Beyond the Hall of Fame.
Rob’s Artist of the Week, meanwhile, is the peerless tenor Jonas Kaufmann. This evening, we hear a recording of a duet by Lehar from his most recent album, Wien, performed alongside rising operatic star Rachel Willis-Sørensen.