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According to folklore, if it's rainy on St Swithin's Day, it'll rain every day for the following 40 days. At Classic FM we're a pretty optimistic bunch, but if you're unlucky enough to be caught in a shower on 15 July, allow us to recommend a suitably stormy soundtrack for your summer...
Brahms' heart-stoppingly powerful violin sonata doesn't sound all that 'rainy', but it's known as the Rain Sonata as each of the three movements borrow the main motif from Brahms' Regenlied, or Rain Song.
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