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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...
At the beginning of Wagner's opera, Siegmund emerges from a raging storm. But unlike many musical storms, Wagner's is made all the more eerie by the notable absence of a full orchestra - it's only the strings that unleash the full force of this tempest, with incredible effect.
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