Gergiev is a controversial public figure. Much criticism is deserved: Being on the wrong side of social issues and Russian geopolitics; his poor stewardship of orchestras where he's been Chief Conductor and some truly lousy recordings (Rite of Spring and Shostakovich Symphonies). I think Gergiev's poor reputation in the world unfairly colors critic's reviews of some recordings, this one included.
To get the bad out of the way, there are so many fantastic recordings of LaMer, and unfortunately this isn't one.
Now the good... I don't think this Faun is slow and boring as some critics have labeled it. Gergiev stretches and compresses the tempo, but each part flows naturally. The soloists' playing is fantastic, and the balance is good. It sounds impressionistic (unlike Bernstein or other romantic interpretations). The SACD sound is good.
The same can be said of this Jeux variation.
So, if you can get a used copy of this used album for a few bucks, do it, enjoy it on your SACD player!