Like many modern people, Balada appears to greatly suffer from ADD. He can start something with great promise but after a few minutes sounds as if he's lost interest in his composition. To shore up this challenge to his inspiration, he moves from theme to theme, never developing anything substantial, often dallying and meandering uselessly. He employs novel "modern" effects to divert attention to the fact that nothing is happening. Naxos makes a big deal about his use of "folk" material, but Balada implements these poorly. They sound like sketches for a 40s travelogue with a pinch of Ives and a glissando of "modern" effects here and there.
As insubstantial as Balada is, the Barcelona Symphony is well below even Naxos standards. They have an overly tart reed and string sound lending an unpleasantly nasal atmosphere to each work. Aeschgbacher's tempos are suitable aimless.