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Re: Ott's Tchaikovsky/Liszt disc review
This seems like a strange over-reaction to a review which, if read impartially, can hardly be construed as negative; indeed the reviewer pays Ott several compliments such as his reference to "the beauty of her passage work". A typo in the opus number is no big deal and easily corrected, but the "waif" reference is clearly made not as a personal slight but figuratively and in the context of the reviewer wondering if the pianist has the physical and technical ability to generate sufficient volume of sound or whether it is the fault of the recording that she sounds too under-powered. The "butch" reference might not be the ideal choice of phrasing but is clearly intended humorously to indicate that Ott can indeed find oomph when required, so the implication is that the fault, as the reviewer hears it, in the recording under question, is probably due to deliberate artistic choice or engineering. The "probably men" dig is the giveaway to the complainant's agendum, as is the aggressive tone, the rudeness of the last comment and the reference to the reviewer as "Dixon". A perception - and that is what it is - of incivility towards women in general is hardly vindicated by being similarly uncivil.
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