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.
Exactly one hundred years ago today, Gustav Holst’s The Planets received its world premiere performance at London’s Queen’s Hall, during the final weeks of World War 1. It was hastily rehearsed – the musicians of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra first saw the score only a couple of hours before the performance – and the premiere was an intimate but ultimately successful affair: only around 250 people were in attendance but afterwards, the composer himself enscribed on the score, “This copy is the property of Adrian Boult who first caused The Planets to shine in public and thereby earned the gratitude of Gustav Holst.”
Fast-forward a century, and The Planets is now one of the most famous and much-loved works in the entire classical canon. Tonight, Rob Cowan celebrates this English masterpiece by playing the entire suite, complete and uninterrupted.
Later in the programme, Rob takes us Beyond the Hall of Fame with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Tonight, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet – which currently sits at its highest ever position in the Classic FM Hall of Fame – is the starting point as Rob takes us Beyond the Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Rob’s Artist of the Week is the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Tonight, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the starting point as Rob takes us Beyond the Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Rob’s Artist of the Week is the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, who treats us to beautifully delicate performances of music by Mozart and Schubert.