Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Innocence and Experience

Music of Innocence and Experience, inspired by the poems of William Blake. With music by Liszt, Michael Price, Bernard Herrmann, Purcell, Tavener, Verdi, Shostakovich and Pärt.

A Mixtape inspired by the theme of Innocence and Experience from William Blake's collection of poems of the same name. We begin with a demonic Mephisto Waltz and end with the peaceful innocence of Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel. Two of the works feature words by Blake himself - Speke, from an album by Michael Price called Tender Symmetry, and The Lamb in a gorgeous setting by Sir John Tavener. There's music from Bernard Herrmann's classic score for Taxi Driver. We hear part of Purcell's incidental music for Distressed Innocence (or the Princess of Persia), Verdi's song La seduzione, and a short extract from Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No 4

    Performer: Dezső Ránki.
  • Michael Price


    Singer: Grace Davidson. Ensemble: Manchester Collective. Conductor: Michael Price.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Taxi Driver; Main Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Herrmann.
    • ARISTA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Distressed Innocence, Z.577: Air - Slow Air - Air - Hornpipe

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La seduzione

    Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Librettist: Luigi Balestra. Singer: Margaret Price.
    • Verdi: Songs for Voice and Piano: Price/Parsons.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • John Tavener

    The Lamb

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Act I Scene i; Interlude

    Orchestra: Bastille Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DG.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel im Spiegel

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Simon Mulligan.
    • Shostakovich/Penderecki/Part: Violin Sonata: Daniel Hope.
    • Nimbus.
    • 005.


Don't Worry, Be Happy – Ten pieces of uplifting music

Don't Worry, Be Happy – Ten pieces of uplifting music

Ten pieces and 300 years of irresistibly cheerful music including Don't Worry Be Happy...

Music to help you focus

Music to help you focus

Discover the best classical music for study, inspiration and relaxation.

Enjoy the In Tune Mixtape wherever you are

Enjoy the In Tune Mixtape wherever you are

It's on air every weekday at 7pm, but you can listen any time, anywhere. Here's how.