I have doubts that this is the way anyone meant Baroque music to be played. Slow. Dang slow. Really, really slow. So slow a lot of the Water Music takes a while to even recognize. It would be interesting to get a better understanding of the cultural context here--Baroque was not commonly played anywhere in the middle of the last century, back when Haydn and Mozart were considered quaint and lesser known spirits were known only by scholars. Heck, the Four Seasons was new to everyone! Not anyone's fault, most music before 1700 is a complete mystery to modern-day listeners.
Regardless, listening to this, after years of hyperactive baroque performances, is a lot of fun. Easy listening almost. Recommended to the curious and--seriously--to those who think of Classical music as something to unwind to, or put on in the background when working. Pity it's out of print already!