Madoyan has the mellifluousness of tone and the well-honed cantabile quality to bring off youthful pleasantries and… does wonders with the Allegro con brio of Sonata no. 1. The Minuet is brisk but plaintive and in the rustic jollities of the middle section he exhibits just the right kind of earthiness, while there is a breezy sense of purpose about the Allegro molto vivace.
The opening bars of the G major Sonata constitute a definite high spot. Madoyan cuts decisively into the piano chords and then, in providing the sweetest of answers, succeeds in avoiding any hint of sickliness –this music has a faded, MacDowell-like quality if improperly handled. Later, the clarity of dotted rhythms and a delightfully caressing second subject prove especially noteworthy. Nevertheless, it is the Third Sonata which most comprehensively highlights his brilliance, and which makes this disc a must. The opening movement pulsates with naked aggression; Madoyan even manages to sustain adrenalin in secondary material without sacrificing the requisite sense of repose. The veiled tone deployed in the Allegretto is hugely appropriate, and to cap proceedings there is a finale during which energy, initially suppressed, is duly unleashed to establish an atmosphere of virtual abandon.”
— Jeffrey Joseph
Vol. 106, Issue 1264