Having just found this review (four years late), I'm surprised not only by the critic's negativity - which is his prerogative - in the face of many positive reviews, but also by some sloppy editing.
First, Tchaikovsky's concerto is his op.23 not op.21. Second, the reference to Ott's "waif-like frame on the cover" is frankly offensive, as is that to her "butch" performance of Liszt elsewhere. A waif in my dictionary is either "a person who appears thin or poorly nourished" or "a homeless, neglected, or abandoned person", whereas Ott simply looks healthily slender. Perhaps Gavin Dixon keeps the company of too many fat/overdressed people, probably men?
Such personal comments have no place in reviews on a site like Musicweb.
As for Dixon's opinion of this Tchaikovskyan masterpiece, well, the less said, the better.
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