I know what you mean about this piece being a bit out of character in terms of what you would expect from the baroque. But it's such an amazing piece that it's no wonder it's popular.
It really grabbed me when I first heard it, and guess where that was. HERE! viewtopic.php?f=20&t=5359&start=0
I belong to a small chamber music club that holds occasional small informal gatherings in people's houses. I went to one at the home of a nice elderly man who has a harpsichord (but doesn't play it, it belonged to his late wife, who was one of the founders of the club), and since it's nice to take the chance of having a go at a harpsichord, I played this piece on it. He came to me afterwards and said that he had particularly enjoyed it because it had been his wife's favourite, she used to play it all the time.
An interesting aspect of playing this piece on the piano, as opposed to harpsichord, is that it can (and probably should) sound as though you're using pedal even when you're not - biggemski even had Eddy fooled.
You don't think Procopio is fast? Well, I didn't mean impossibly fast, but it's a good bit faster than some of the other renditions one comes across.
Elaine Comparone's (that fearsome-looking woman who always plays standing up) is worth checking out, not only for the slower speed, but also for the way she swings it in places, i.e. uses the notes inégales