As a program this is an attractive CD. Prokofiev's Sixth Sym. is seriously nelgected in the catalog, and here we have a first-rate orchestra, the National Symphony, in quite good osund from 1996. They play well for Slatkin, who unfortunatley finds little inner life in the score--his lumpish Sixth is a thing of fitful gestures and no overall purpose. There's some energy in the Scherzo but even that is without spark.
Better is the Over. on Hebrew Themes in its orchestral guise--it's one of Prokofiev's most attractive short works. Rather than bringing out its Jewishn folk flavor, Slatkin plays it as blandly as early Samuel Barber. The spiky suite from The Love of Three Oranges shows a bit more spark, but not enough to resuce a routine outing. One is left to ponder what hapened after Slatkin's early promise.