Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - 4 May 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream is the subject of Catherine Bott's second programme to mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

This week, Catherine Bott continues her four-part exploration into why Shakespeare has been such an inspiration to classical music over the centuries. 

This week, Catherine will be asking what makes A Midsummer Night's Dream such an enticing story for composers. 

She'll be exploring the well-known settings by Mendelssohn and Purcell as well as the rarely-heard incidental music written by Carl Orff, when Nazi Germany banned the playing of Mendelssohn's version. 

There's also a ballet by Elvis Costello, no less, and rock legend Steve Hackett's musical take on the magical comedy.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

TwoSet Violin

TwoSet Violin are launching a crowdfunded world tour

Get Lucky Music History

Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' in every classical music style is both educational and impressive

Sunny Li Liszt Piano Workout

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it's a full-on workout