The American Record Guide found some of the most positive phrases yet applied to Kimiko Ishizaka's recording of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 1. They also deliver the strongest criticisms of any reviewer. First the positives:
"she is a beautiful and technically accomplished player"
"The A-major fugue, fast and exciting, is one of the best performances here"
"the light hand in interpretation makes this performance preferable to Hewitt (the later recording on Hyperion) or Schiff (ECM, Jan/Feb 2013)"
And the negatives:
"She makes some interpretive missteps, however—in particular, her too-fast and rather mechanical performances of the C-sharp-minor fugue and the B-major prelude and fugue. I also think she could use the pedal sparingly without losing clarity. There’s too much detached playing, which is unnecessary on the piano and mostly unthinkable on the harpsichord"