Let's get one thing straight right away. Svetlanov was a great conductor. He has left us with a fine recorded legacy including excellent accounts of works by Tchaikovsky (the early symphonies are particularly well done), Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. He was quite an adventurous conductor too, being one of the few foreign maestros to conduct and record Elgar's 2nd. Symphony. There are plenty of fine Svetlanov discs around.
Unfortunately this isn't one of them. Listening to 'The Pines of Rome' will put you in the picture. This is a live recording, and it didn't capture conductor or orchestra on a good day. The work begins well enough with 'Pines Near the Villa Borghese', very lively. But soon the problems of brass intonation become evident. This problem recurs throughout the performance. The middle two sections are otherwise not too bad, but the final 'Pines of the Appian Way' is truly terrible. It is taken at an incredible lumbering pace. The brass soon run into problems again. And then there is - I kid you not- what sounds like someone farting loudly into a trombone. Astonishing. The work builds up to a noisy, but not exhilarating, climax with the brass section nearly unbearable. I actually play this movement when I want to be entertained; for all the wrong reasons.
If you want The Pines and Fountains of Rome, there a number of excellent recordings, including Muti on EMI/Brilliant Classics, Ozawa on DG, Pappano on EMI, vintage Reiner on RCA/BMG. In fact it's difficult to think of a recording which can't be recommended.
Except this one.