REVIEW: CSO’s ‘The Song of the Earth’ a spellbinding feat

By March 6, 2021 News

The final notes of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”) drifted away on a glowing cloud of harp and celesta. No one – not the musicians, the conductor Matthias Pintscher nor the 300 listeners in Music Hall on Friday – breathed for a full minute after mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung left us with these words, “Ewig, Ewig” (forever, forever).

There are almost no words to describe the orchestra’s exquisite performance of Gustav Mahler’s…