Let's see how far we can go in the vs. threads. It's always interesting to compare.
Let me begin. As much as I love Orfeo which made me rediscover the genre of opera I also must admit that I pretty much enjoyed this 1972 black-and-white concert recording of DP when Blackmore didn't know what he was playing and tried to overthrow the huge marshall speakers and Gillan sang some of his best falsettos ever YE YE YE SPACE TRUCKIN' I was such a fan of him that I made numerious rock songs myself in which I sung awesome falsetto notes but then came other stuff and I decided that Orfeo is higher art but let's don't be pretentious, does it have such cool tunes? I'm not sure... is "Possente spirto" as awesome as "I've beeen mistreaateeeed?". I always thought that Coverdale period was great, this expressive performance prepared me to the awesomeness of opera:
So one could say that they're not far from each other but overally I'll vote for Monteverdi since, as you know, I'm pretentious geezer always first to bash easy going fellows without superstitions and bore them with pretentious statements about Beethoven.