"My god. This was better than any hi-fi I had ever experienced—I actually had Sergei Rachmaninoff in the room
, playing Mendelssohn just for me
. I am not ashamed to say that I wept." I wrote those words in the January 2001 Stereophile
, about hearing a piano-roll transcription of Rachmaninoff performing Mendelssohn's Spinning Song
(Op.67 No.34) on a Bösendorfer Imperial 290SE reproducing piano. I was in the middle of recording Robert Silverman's cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas
at the Maestro Foundation in Santa Monica, where there just happened to be a floppy disk with Wayne Stahnke's transcription of the Rachmaninoff for the Bösendorfer mechanism, which Stahnke invented.