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As pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii appears on stage at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, hand in hand with violinist Fumiaki Miura, the capacity audience that flocked to the Oct. 5 matinee gives a warm shower of applause in anticipation of the duo’s performance.

Led by the soft chords of the piano, the quiet melody of a violin started Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1, also known as “Rain Sonata,” one of the two pieces from the duo’s first joint album, released in June.

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