I have grown to appreciate Bach more and more. Reading the book Godel, Escher and Bach definitely made me more aware of his genius. That said, I was less interested in performances of his music on the harpsichord than other versions. My initial exposure to his harpsichord music as Igor Kipnis playing the Goldberg Variations, and on those CD's, the instrument was brittle to the point of being tinny, at least in my mind. I previewed this album before I bought it. Pinnock's playing is much more assertive, and has shown me that that brittleness I found with that presentation by Kipnis is not mandatory.
Somewhere along the line, I learned that in the French of the day, "baroque" meant crazy. The people who listened to this music weren't effete stay-at-homes. They were opening the world (for good or ill). As elaborate and intricate as this music is, what it isn't is weak, be it on organ, harpsichord, or orchestra.