Helmut Müller-Brühl was a student of Hermann Abendroth. When his teacher’s Cologne Chamber Orchestra ran into financial difficulties in 1958, young Helmut said, ‘come play in my Schloss’. He was named chief conductor in 1964 and held the baton until three years ago.
Müller-Brühl made over 200 commercial recordings. He died on January 2nd, aged 78. Here’s a fuller assessment on bach-cantatas.com.
And here he is, performing Haydn for the Pope.