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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...
Britten doesn't do things by halves in his Biblical opera, telling the story of Noah's Ark. Roughly tuned teacups are struck to give the sound of the first raindrops, before a massive musical storm.
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