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 marks the debut of one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century, Luciano Pavarotti, with a magnificent performance of the aria ‘E lucevan le Stelle’ from Puccini’s opera, Tosca.
Rob also features Mozart’s Requiem as the starting point for Beyond the Hall of Fame, with a stirring recording of this major choral work.
Later in the programme, Rob marks the birthday of the recording producer and founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra: Walter Legge. We’ll hear a performance from Legge’s post-war discovery, who went on to become one of the greatest conductors of the last century: Herbert von Karajan.
Tonight, Rob features Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, performed by birthday boy Emmanuel Ax, as the starting point for Beyond the Hall of Fame.
Rob follows Beethoven’s majestic masterpiece with an equally charming concerto by the Irish composer John Field, performed by the British pianist Benjamin Frith, and a lesser-heard excerpt from Ravel’s wonderful ballet Daphnis et Chloe.