While some modern composers' serious works can be a bit daunting for a conservative listener like myself, the task of writing music for the movies seems to bring out the more accessible side of a modern composer's approach. I confess I hadn't heard of William Alwyn anthough his music has graced a host of classic British movies of the 1940s and 1950s. What is remarkable with Alwyn's film music, as well as that of the likes of Arnold, Korngold, Sainton, Walton and Bax, is how well it stands up in its own right, rather like the incidental music earlier composers wrote for Shakespeare's plays.
Chandos deserves full marks for its excellent booklet which provides generous detail about the films and the the musical sequences. The other two volumes of Alwyn's film music are equally worth having in one's collection, as is the music of the numerous other composers covered in the extensive Chandos series.
Everything about the albums is excellent: the sound quality, orchestral playing and the listenable quality of the music. Highly recommended.