Page 1 of the June 2015 issue of Gramophone Magazine is a full-page feature on Kimiko Ishizaka and her recording of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. First is an interview where crowdfunding, weight-lifting, and practicing in the dark are discussed. Then, reviewer Donald Rosenberg, who is Editor at EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America, and a music lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, finds as many ways as one can imagine to praise the recording in the short space that is left for the review.
"Ishizaka plays the 24 preludes and fugues with impeccable taste and technique, finding many levels of musical meaning even as she brings utmost clarity to the multiplicity of textures."
"She scales her Bach to the rhythmic, structural and sonic needs of the music, without touching the sustaining pedal."
"Her articulation runs the sensitive gamut from cushioned to bitingly crisp."
"Each line has a transparent place in the scheme of unfolding things, and the pianist seems to take enormous pleasure in weaving together all of the miraculous strands."