BACH FOR GUITAROriginal Works and Transcriptions
Johann Sebastian Bach
AZUSA SHIMIZU, guitar
Robert Boucher Guitar, No.153 
"How refreshing it is to hear [the E minor Toccata] in a new way. Azusa Shimizu does a good job of revealing the many facets of this multi-sectional work—from the improvisatory nature of the opening to the intricate counterpoint of the fugue... this is beautiful playing. The F-Minor Sinfonia is particularly haunting in the soft, even muted way in with she begins this little gem. Her ability to delineate the voices is breathtaking and her extremely soft and heartfelt way with the closing chord in F Major resonates in one’s ear for long after the piece has ended... there is some very fine playing here, one that will make a nice addition to the other Bach guitar recordings in my collection"
Scott Noriega, Fanfare - May/June 2011
"Shimizu’s sound is robust (she plays a guitar by Robert Boucher) and her playing is very straight-ahead. If you are bothered by anything the least bit fussy in your Bach, Shimizu should please you... The English church gives the sound of Shimizu’s guitar a beautiful glow... there is plenty to admire and like here..."
Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare - May/June 2011
"...[Shimizu plays with] consummate skill...[the] E major Partita goes superbly on the guitar..."
Robert Anderson, Music & Vision - March 2011
"[There is a] sense of excitement and discovery that that she brings to this music. There is an energy and unalloyed joy that is present in every bar of these seminal Bach works... it captures every slide and pinched string to perfection, something other records 'air brush' to a certain extent—it is a very honest capturing of this artist... Shimizu strokes [The A-minor Partita] very well... Shimizu plays [the Solo Violin Partita] with confidence and rapt attention to detail... The recorded sound is excellent... Shimizu ’s way with these works is unique and well worth hearing."
Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition - March 2011
"It's not a big step from the music that Bach composed for the keyboards of his day to these guitar transcriptions of that music... Shimizu 's rendition of the Suite for Lute in E Mmjor sounds as 'classical' as it does fresh."
Arsenio Orteza, World Magazine - February 2011
"Azusa Shimizu, the Japanese guitarist of whose earlier Ponce/ Tansman recital on MSR I was so complimentary last year, has done it again, to my mind even more impressively, with this new program of Works and Transcriptions for Guitar by J S Bach. Her Bach scholarship is informed throughout by her scintillatingly precise playing. And the warmth of the tones she calls forth from her instrument makes this recital a pleasure to hear on repeated auditions."
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta - December 2010