Grego Applegate Edwards, writer, musician, composer and editor, has reviewed over 3,000 recordings. Of Kimiko Ishizaka's recording, "J.S. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 946-869" he said:
"in all the years, all the versions, I have never heard "Book 1" done better than on the new recording by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka (Navona 5993, 2-CDs)."
"This is achieved beautifully by articulation, varying strokes at times to bring a part into increased presence, and a poetic naturalness of phrasing that brings your attention to the whole unfolding."
"There is a great grace to what she gives us, a marvelous clarity, a sense of totality that is a very real joy to hear. She takes Bach at his word, that each part is important in the ultimate contrapuntal result. You hear Bach with new ears."