I distinctly remember playing under a conductor who prescribed to the so-called notes inégales playing convention. We were rehearsing a Bach Brandenburg Concerto. The conductor explained that he wanted us to treat the written note values unequally, as was commonly done in the Baroque era.
My response was something akin to: “But, this is J.S. Bach. Bach wrote exactly what he wanted to hear.”
Perhaps the notes inégales movement was simply a passing fad.