Really enjoyed watching ” Bach: A Passionate Life”, where John Eliot Gardiner goes in search of Bach the man and the musician. Worth an hour and a half of your time.
A lovely half hour program with Murray Perahia on Bach, demonstrating so many of Bach’s inner working on the piano to Israeli Television’s Arik Vardi. Worth your time.
Also watch András Schiff on Bach.
A terrific Bach resource at the BBC website, “Discovering Bach”: a collection of past radio programs which examine Bach’s life and work. Wonderful resource, hours of listening pleasure for Bach nuts. Some 27 programs, around 24 hours of audio goodness:
Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. With music performed by The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers, Beale explores how Martin Luther, himself a composer, had a profound effect on the development of sacred music, re-defining the role of congregational singing and the use of the organ in services. Ultimately, these reforms would shape the world of JS Bach and inspire him to write some of the greatest sacred music.
BBC documentary on Vimeo