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But what about the music? Glass fans and foes alike know what to expect, but his trademark hypnotic repetitions are a uniquely appropriate match for the primordial and eternal mysteries this symphony strives to evoke. The huge vocal and instrumental forces and the diversity of the texts have inspired Glass to travel an inventive and satisfying path that mostly skirts monotony, despite its length, thanks in large part to the moving lyricism of the vocal solos. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, who has also recorded the "Rome Section" from Glass's the CIVIL warS, sings most eloquently here, sharing turns in the spotlight with soprano Ana Maria Martinez, tenor Michael Schade, baritone Eric Owens, and bass-baritone Albert Dohmen. Dennis Russell Davies, who conducted the symphony's world premiere performance, directs the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Morgan State University Choir, and the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir with a firm and steady hand. With his Fifth, Glass proves yet again that minimal musical means can produce a maximal effect.