Styra Avins is Adjunct Professor of Music History at Drew University, New Jersey. Josef Eisinger is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Biophysics at Mount Sinai Medical School, New York.
Avins and Josef Eisinger provide very sensitive and readable translations, and the content is brought fully to life by the excellent production ... This book will certainly stimulate many fresh ideas about the composer and his world, as well as provide a rich source of quotation for years to come Music and Letters Occasionally a book comes along which changes perceptions of its subject. This is such a book. Her annotations are not only scholarly but often witty and always full of common sense. The translation is lively ... Wherever you read in these 858 pages, you will feel you are in Brahms's world and that he is speaking to you Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph Until I read this long, richly informative book - the first substantial edition of his [Brahms] letters to be published in English - I never felt much curiosity about Brahms David Cairns, The Sunday Times