"Michael Sanderling plays a mean cello: the astonishing range of sounds that Balada requires holds no terrors for him, and he manages to preserve a highly attractive tone besides.
This is an extremely enjoyable work, a tour de force by any measure and one of the most successful guitar-and-orchestra essays that I have ever heard.
The evocative middle movement, featuring pearly-toned harmonics from the soloists, will linger in your memory well past the work's end. Kudos to the Versailles Guitar Quartet for playing of admirable concentration and intensity.
Coleman Pearce leads totally committed performances of all four works, and the playing of the Barcelona Symphony, et al. leaves no textural stone unturned no matter how unusual the noises they are called upon to make. Fine sonics round out a very effective tribute to a composer of wide reach and real aural imagination. Balada certainly deserves the attention that Naxos has been giving him."